Patrick D Laude


Professor at SFS-Qatar


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Professor Laude has been teaching at Georgetown University since 1991. He joined the faculty of the School of Foreign Service in Qatar, where he teaches courses in religious studies, in 2006. A former fellow in philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, he earned a Master’s degree in comparative philosophy from the University of Paris IV Sorbonne in 1982, and a doctorate in French literature from Indiana University in 1985.

Professor Laude's scholarly interests and output lie in comparative mysticism, poetry and mysticism, and Western representations and interpretations of Islamic and Asian spiritual and wisdom traditions. He has extensively written and lectured on figures of European spirituality such as Jeanne Guyon, Simone Weil, Louis Massignon, Henry Corbin, René Guénon, and Frithjof Schuon.
He has authored over ten books and monographs including: Apocalypse des religions: Pathologies et dévoilements de la conscience religieuse contemporaine, L'Harmattan, Paris, 2016, Pathways to an Inner Islam, Albany: SUNY Press, 2010, Louis Massignon: The Vow and the Oath, London: Matheson Trust, 2011, Pray Without Ceasing: The Way of the Invocation in World Religion, Bloomington, Indiana: World Wisdom, 2006, Divine Play, Sacred Laughter and Spiritual Understanding. New York: Palgrave McMillan, 2005, Singing the Way: Insights in Poetry and Spiritual Transformation. Bloomington, Indiana: World Wisdom, 2005, Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998): Life and Teachings. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 2004, Music of the Sky: An Anthology of Spiritual Poetry. Bloomington, Indiana: World Wisdom, 2004, Massignon intérieur. Paris-Lausanne: L’Age d'Homme, 2001, and Approches du quiétisme. Tubingen: Biblio 17, 1992. He has also published numerous articles in academic journals such as Symposium, Studies in Spirituality, Philosophy East and West, Revue des sciences philosophiques et théologiques, La Revue Théologique de Louvain, Dix-septième siècle, Parabola and Neophilologus.
He is the editor-in-chief of the bilingual journal of inter-religious studies Religions-Adyan, published by the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue.


  • Ph.D. (1985) Indiana University, French literature
  • Maîtrise (1982) Paris Sorbonne (Paris IV), Philosophy
  • Fellow (1979-1982) Ecole Normale Supérieure, Philosophy


  • French (speak, read, write)
  • Greek, Ancient (to 1453) (read)
  • Latin (read)