Olivier Roy is Professor at the European University Institute in Florence. He is the author of several highly acclaimed books on political religion, five of which are published by Hurst.
'The secularisation of Europe is beyond dispute. ... But as Olivier
Roy points out in a timely book, it is a process that has taken
centuries.' -- Financial Times
'provocative and sprightly' -- Times Literary Supplement
'In Is Europe Christian? [Olivier Roy] offers little comfort to those who hope for the revival of Christian Europe. ... I commend [his] book, because it raises questions which must be faced.' -- A.N. Wilson, Standpoint Magazine
'Roy's fascinating, readable and packed little book reminds us that the story of European secularisation is a long but punctuated one'. -- Theos Think Tank
'Roy's book is both complex and powerful, detailed without ever losing sight of the big picture, and full of telling illustrations. It represents a novel vision of the crisis in secularism brought about by its final absorption of religion in national life.' -- Faisal Devji, Professor of Indian History, University of Oxford, and author of 'Muslim Zion'
'Rivetingly, this unsurpassed authority on the politics of contemporary Islam turns to elucidate the tensions surrounding Christian morality, the scandal of clerical paedophilia, the libertarian individualism that has spread since the 1960s, and caricatural claims to a Christian European identity.' -- Jonathan Benthall, Director Emeritus, Royal Anthropological Institute
'For those interested in the deep historical roots of our present political crisis, this book is a must-read. In plain language and with broad strokes, Roy traces the shifting lines of the culture wars that are rattling democracy on both sides of the Atlantic.' -- Philip Gorski, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
'Another insightful contribution to our understanding of religion in Europe from Olivier Roy. Rich in historical reference and engaging in its approach, "Is Europe Christian?" brings vital nuance to what is truly a poignant question today.' -- Effie Fokas, Research Associate, London School of Economics Hellenic Observatory, and co-author of 'Religious America, Secular Europe?'