“Islam, Capitalism, and Freedom”


Guy Sorman


Guy Sorman will be lecturing on “Islam, Capitalism, and Freedom” on Friday, 12 October, at 3 PM.  The lecture will be given in B192 JFSB (the “Education in Zion” auditorium) on the campus of Brigham Young University.


Guy Sorman is one of France’s leading public intellectuals. From 1995 to 2008, Sorman was the elected deputy mayor of the city of Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, and is now chairman of the city’s economic council.  In 2008, he was appointed global advisor to Korean president Lee Myung Bak.  From 2002 to 2007, he served on the French National Commission for Human Rights.  Since 2000, he has chaired the India-France economic council. From 1993 to 1997, Sorman served as economic adviser to the French minister for foreign affairs and then to the prime minister. He is the founder and former president of Action against Hunger, a leading NGO.


Sorman has often written in defense of free markets and the free society in Europe. As a columnist for the New York-based Project Syndicate, his work is published in more than one hundred newspapers and magazines around the world.  He is a City Journal contributing editor and also writes frequently for the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal.  Sorman has authored over twenty books, several of which have been translated into English, including The New Wealth of Nations, The Genius of India, Rifaa’s Children, The Empire of Lies, and 2009’s Economics Does Not Lie. In 1975, he founded the Editions Sorman publishing company in Paris, and he has received the highest distinctions in France (Légion d’honneur), Brazil (Southern Cross), and Argentina (Order of May). Sorman graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Science in 1964 and from the École Nationale d’Administration in 1969. He has taught economics at the University of Paris and also in China, Russia, Argentina, and the United States.  Sorman and his wife are the parents of four daughters.



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