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Studies and research, field work, project endeavors, training of imams, trainers, & citizens, conferences, symposiums, communication, prevention, individual psycho-spiritual counseling.

o   Accompanying interpersonal and institutional dynamics related to freedom of conscience, accommodations between the Republic and religious communities about inclusive interpretations of religious ethics, respecting the law and human dignity (as defined by the European Union);

o   Support for social interventions, taking into account both the breadth, diversity and topographic complexity of the field that we are keen to understand, based on universally inclusive definitions of Secularism (Laïcité) and Republican social and ecological dynamics (bergsonian & todian perspectives);

o   Support in the deconstruction of discriminating analysis grids, in order to understand the wealth of different epistemological referents without categorizing individuals in a performative manner, based neither solely on their origins nor on the social categories they belong to (whether ethnic, religious, professional, etc. - butlerian perspective);

o   Accompanying the understanding, interpreting, and appropriating will to reinforce a practice of the spiritual traditions, within a universally egalitarian paradigm, consistent with an ethic based on the well-being of all, adapted to social contexts and present times (bourdivian perspective);

o   Development of specialized indicators to put social and political data in perspective concerning what is freedom of conscience, and what reveals a radicalization process (psychological effects of infrahumanisation, stages of radicalism in a context of social agentivity quest, responsibility of the various social and political actors on these individual / community / Republican processes, etc. – leyensian & moscovician perspectives);

o   Support in task planning which assesses the discriminatory / radicalization process (changes in socio-cognitive representations, group dynamic manipulation between honest people, hysteresis and "radical" rupture of positive feedback loops related to violence).


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With a foreword from Professor Jan Jaap de Ruiter. Translation and Afterword by Adi S. Bharat. -- In Homosexuality, Transidentity, and Islam: A Study of Scripture Confronting the Politics of Gender and Sexuality, Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed systematically analyses the entirety of Islamic scriptural sources that relate to the question of gender and sexuality in relation to their historical contexts. Through an approach that is certainly more politically engaged than that of most Islamic thinkers of our time, he clarifies key theological concepts that may seem esoteric to the uninitiated. In doing so, he makes a compelling case for the compatibility of sexual and gender diversity within Islam. Zahed also examines the historical and contemporary socio-political impacts of inclusive and exclusive (or, quite simply, homophobic, transphobic, and misogynistic) interpretations of scripture. This important study dynamically examines the connections between scripture, interpretation, and the politics of gender and sexuality.