Category Archives: Antisemitism

A Note On The Visual Cultures of Racism

Racist speech does not function as an invitation to conversation. It does not offer reasons or arguments with which its audience can engage; and the visceral hostility it expresses effectively forecloses, rather than opens, the opportunity for further discussion. Caroline West, ‘Words That Silence? Freedom of expression and racist hate speech’, 2012. “We express ourselves […]

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Hussain v. The Norwegian Prosecution Authority

My first case summary for Columbia University’s Global Freedom Of Expression Project relates to the Borgarting Court of Appeals’ June 22 2015 verdict in the case against the Norwegian salafi-jihadist ‘Ubaydullah Arslan Maroof Hussain on charges of violations of Norwegian anti-terror laws, threats against court witnesses and two Norwegian journalists, as well as violations of Norwegian […]

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Notes on ‘race’ in a supposedly ‘non-racial’ time

But race is the child of racism, not the father. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between The World And Me, 2015. Thinking through differences The drafting of a commissioned article on the contested concept of ‘race’ for a special issue of the Norwegian sociological journal Sosiologisk Tidsskrift  later this year has availed me with an opportunity to re-visit […]

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Dagsavisen

In response to recent groundless and fabricated claims in Norwegian media about the historical origins of Norwegian and international hate speech legislation from the Fritt Ord Foundation’s Director Knut Olav Åmås, I have together with Ervin Kohn of the Norwegian Centre Against Racism (ARS) and The Jewish Community in Oslo (Det Mosaiske Trossamfund) written the following op-ed, […]

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Hate Speech: The Dark Twin Of Free Speech

Freedom of opinion is a farce, unless factual information is guaranteed, and the facts themselves are not in dispute. Hannah Arendt, ‘Truth and politics’, 1966. On October 20 2014, an unemployed fifty-seven year old white Norwegian man entered a supermarket in an Eastern suburb of the Norwegian capital of Oslo. Walking through the supermarket, he […]

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Journal of Muslims in Europe

The Brill journal Journal of Muslims in Europe, edited by Prof Emeritus Jørgen S. Nilsen has just published an article I have co-authored with Marius Linge – ‘Da’wa Is Our Identity': Salafism and IslamNet’s Rationales For Action in a Norwegian Context’ in its issue 3 (4)  2015. The article is available through this link: http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/22117954-12341307

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Routledge

Routledge has recently published the following anthology edited by Profs Ralph D. Grillo (Sussex University) and Marcel Maussen (University of Amsterdam) entitled ‘Regulation of Speech in Multicultural Societies’. Originally based on papers first presented at a conference at the University of Amsterdam in 2011, it was first published as a special issue of the Journal […]

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Samora

My own and Cora A. Døving’s primer on racism – Hva er rasisme? [What is racism?] Universitetsforlaget, 2015 – has been reviewed by Mohamed Abdi for the Norwegian journal Samora. The review can be read in full in Norwegian here: http://mohamed86a.tumblr.com/post/122836319840/hva-b-r-antirasisme-i-var-tid-vaere

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Arts Council Norway

In a meeting on May 15 2015, the Arts Council of Norway selected my and Cora A. Døving’s short introduction to racism, entitled ‘Hva er rasisme?’ ['What is racism?], Universitetsforlaget, 2015 as one of 19 (out of a total of 71 titles nominated by Norwegian publishers in the Academic Prose category) which the Arts Council […]

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Agora

By consent of the publishers Aschehoug, the Norwegian academic journal Agora: Journal for Metafysisk Spekulasjon has permitted the Norwegian Centre Against Racism (Antirasistisk Senter, ARS) to publish a pdf of my most recent article on Islamophobia and racism in open access and free of charge. It is the introductory essay in a double issue of Agora […]

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