Jean-Pierre Filiu, a historian and an arabist, is a professor at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA). After an extensive career in the Middle East, first with NGOs, then as a diplomat, he has held visiting professorships both at Columbia (New York) and at Georgetown (Washington). His book Apocalypse in Islam (University of California Press, 2011) was awarded the main prize by the French History Convention. Hurst (London) and Oxford University Press (New York) published his Arab Revolution: Ten Lessons from the Democratic Uprising (2011); Gaza, a History (2014), which was awarded the Palestine Book Award from the Middle East Monitor; and From Deep State to Islamic State: the Arab Counter-revolution and its Jihadi Legacy (2015). His works about contemporary Islam and the Arab world have been published in fifteen languages.