Alessandra Fiorentini

Laureate of the Louis Dumont Prize 2022

After an initial training at the Pontifical Institute of Arab Studies and Islamology (PISAI) in Rome where she specialized in the analysis of Arabic and Persian manuscripts, Alessandra Fiorentini trained in social anthropology at the EHESS, with a particular interest in the anthropology of Islam and issues of religion, gender and power. His research method unites a long-term ethnographic work complemented by historical research on written and oral sources. After extensive ground in the Middle East and Central Asia, it has begun a new comparative field in West Africa, particularly in Niger.

The project

The Tahajara of the Khalwatiyya among the Tuaregs of Aïr. Between the preservation of traditional Islam and politico-religious resistance in Niger.

Selected publications

  • « Être Bacha-Posh en Afghanistan : subversion ou renforcement de  l'hégémonie masculine », "Mélanges d’ethnographie  et de dialectologie irano-aryennes à la mémoire de Charles-Martin Kieffer", éd. par M. De Chiara, A. V. Rossi et D. Septfonds, Cahiers de Studia Iranica, 2018.
  • « Saba Mahmood : pour une anthropologie critique du  « déplacement » », with Gianfranco Rebucini, Tracés. Revue de Sciences humaines [En ligne], #15 | 2015, posted October 20, 2017, accessed October 26, 2017 URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/traces.6258.
  • « Abd Al-Rahman al-Kawakibi : du Despotisme », Tumultes, n° 38-39 Le  Moyen Orient en mouvement. « Présentation », Tumultes, 2012/1-2 (n° 38-39), p. 7-11. DOI : 10.3917/tumu.038.0007. URL :


Alessandra Fiorentini

Interview with Alessandra Fiorentini

The Tahajara of the Khalwatiyya among the Tuaregs of the Aïr
Published at 20 July 2022