Michel Boivin was initially trained in modern history of the Middle East, modern Arabic and Persian language and civilisation at the University of Lyon (II and III). After completing his PhD in Oriental and Islamic Studies at the University of the Sorbonne, Dr Boivin became a research fellow at the Centre for Indian and South Asian Studies at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes and the Centre National de la Recherches Scientifiques where he continues to be based. Dr Boivin also teaches modern history of the Middle East and South Asia at the University of Savoie (Chamb?ry).
Dr Boivin's publications, some of which have been translated into Swedish, Bulgarian and Romanian, include Histoire de l? ;Inde (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2nd ed., 2001), Le Pakistan (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1996) and Les Isma?liens : des communaut?s d? ;Asie du sud entre islamisation et indianisation (Turnhout: Brepols, 1998). In addition, Dr Boivin has published articles in academic journals including Journal Asiatique, Studia Islamica, Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society, as well as contributed to the Encyclopaedia of Islam and Encyclopaedia Universalis.
Dr Boivin is currently working on the subject of Islam and charismatic religion in modern Sindh. He has completed a project on the modern history of the Ismailis of the region and is presently looking at the tradition associated with Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, a Sufi saint from the area. His other areas of research include the evolution of territories and communities in post-1947 Karachi, the shaping of renewed identities in the Sindhi diaspora and orientalism.