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Odon Vallet

Odon Vallet

Religion specialist

BACKGROUND / Professional and academic:

Odon Vallet graduated from Sciences-Po in 1970, then from l’ENA in 1973. In 1985, he obtained two doctorates in law and science of religions.

From 1973 to 1989, he was senior lecturer at Sciences-Po Paris. Then lecturer, in 1990, at the universities of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Paris VII Diderot. In 1999, he created the Vallet Foundation which grants scholarships to excellent but underprivileged students from Paris, Benin and Vietnam, enabling them to continue their studies. The Vallet Foundation has granted more than 41 000 scholarships since its creation.

ACTION / Describe your project, initiative, company

Religion specialist, Odon Vallet is the author of many books published by Albin Michel including Petit lexique des idées fausses sur les religions (2007) and Petit lexique des guerres de religions d’hier et d’aujourd’hui.

In the first book, Odon Vallet corrects the vocabulary approximations conveyed by the rumor or the media, such as the supposedly Islamic veil, secularism or anti-Semitism. He also shows the errors, without any concession, of « religiously correct » platitudes on Buddhist pacifism, protestant tolerance or the « Judeo-Christian guilt ». He finally shows how certain confusions conceal real difficulties that he encourages us not to escape from in order to curb intolerance and ignorance.

In his second book, entirely updated in the context of a critical situation, Odon Vallet, shows, with his usual sense of striking shortcuts and mixing of ideas, that there is never a « purely » religious war, nor a conflict entirely foreign to religion.

LOCATION / In which city, country, region of the world do you operate?

France, Benin and Vietnam.

QUOTATION / A sentence, quotation, maxim that you can identify with:

« My father, son of workers, used to herd goats at 12 and I advocate a vision of public education where the only criteria are intellectual and where the wallet does not count. »