Henry Laurens (scholar)
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Henry Laurens at a conference in Paris, 2012

Henry Laurens (born 1954) is a French historian and author of several histories and studies about the Arab-Muslim world. He is Professor and Chair of History of the Contemporary Arab World at the Collège de France, Paris.

Laurens specializes in several related areas of research: European-Ottoman contacts in the 19th century, Franco-Arab relations, Middle-Eastern politics, European thought in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the history of modern Palestine. He has written a four-volume work about the latter, covering the period from 1799 to 1982. He also teaches this subject at the Collège de France.[]

Since 1999, Laurens has served on the Administrative Council of the French Institute of Oriental Archeology in Cairo. In 2004, he became a member of the High Council of the Institute of the Arab World (IMA) in Paris. He is also on the editorial board of the journal Maghreb-Machrek.

Education and early career

Laurens earned his degree and doctorate, specializing in Arabic literature, at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) in Paris. From 1981 to 1983, he studied and taught abroad in Damascus and Cairo. He was awarded his doctorate, with high distinction, in 1989 at the Sorbonne-Paris IV, with a thesis on The French Revolution and Islam,:History and Meanings of the Egyptian Expedition, 1798-1801.

  • 1981-1982 Scholarship student at the French Institute of Arab Studies in Damascus (Syria)
  • 1982-1983 French lecturer at Cairo University.


  • Aux sources de l'orientalisme, 1978
  • Les Origines intellectuelles de l'expédition d'Égypte. L'orientalisme islamisant en France (1698-1798), 1987
  • Kléber en Égypte, Kléber et Bonaparte, 1988
  • Le Royaume impossible, la France et la genèse du monde arabe 1990
  • Le Grand Jeu, Orient arabe et rivalités internationales, 1991
  • Lawrence en Arabie, coll. "Découvertes Gallimard" (nº 155), 1992
  • L'Orient arabe, Arabisme et islamisme de 1798 à 1945, 1993, réédition en 2000.
  • Kléber en Égypte, Kléber commandant en chef, 1995
  • L'Expédition d'Égypte, Paris, 1996
  • Édition présentée et annotée des Campagnes d'Égypte et de Syrie de Napoléon Bonaparte, 1998
  • Le Retour des exilés, la lutte pour la Palestine de 1869 à 1997, 1998
  • Paix et guerre au Moyen-Orient, l'Orient arabe et le monde de 1945 à nos jours, 1999
  • La Question de Palestine I, L'invention de la Terre sainte. 1799-1922, 1999
  • La Question de Palestine II, Une mission sacrée de civilisation, 1922-1947, 2002
  • L'Orient arabe à l'heure américaine, 2004
  • Orientales I, Autour de l'expédition d'Égypte, 2004
  • Orientales II, La IIIe République et l'Islam, 2004
  • Orientales III, Parcours et situations, 2004
  • La Question de Palestine III, L'Accomplissement des prophéties 1947-1967, 2007
  • La question de Palestine IV:Le rameau d'olivier et le fusil du combatant, (1967-1982), Fayard, Paris 2011.

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