Category Archives: European Islam

Norwegian salafi-jihadis and ‘counter-radicalization’ in Norway reconsidered

For the past two years, I have as a researcher collected data on ‘counter-radicalization’ policies in Norway for an international and trans-disciplinary research project funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NRC) through its SAMKUL Programme. Entitled ‘Muslim Diversity and Governance of Islam’ and co-ordinated by the political scientist Olav Elgvin at Fafo Institute For Social […]

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American Ethnologist

As academic reviews go, it hardly gets any better than this review of my 2014 monograph Anders Breivik And The Rise Of Islamophobia (London and New York: Zed Books)  by Alisa Perkins at Western Michigan University in the American Anthropological Association (AAA)’s flagship journal American Ethnologist (AE), ranked 10 out of 84 anthropological journals worldwide […]

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The Worlds Made And Unmade By Religious Freedom

Hence, the very idea of freedom of religion is paradoxical; it is the freedom to be unfree in a particular kind of way. Michael Lambek, Is Religion Free?, 2015. Introducing the politics of religious freedom The Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo in Norway, my academic home for almost two years between 2013 […]

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Yearbook of Muslims in Europe

Together with Olav Elgvin at Fafo (Institute For Applied Social Research) I have been commissioned to write this year’s entry on ‘Norway’ in the annual Yearbook of Muslims in Europe (vol. 7, 2016), edited by Prof Oliver Scharbrodt at the University of Chester in the UK, which is out now. In this chapter, we focus […]

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Journal of Contemporary European Studies

Highlights from Mark Emmerson’s (University of Queensland, Australia) review of my monograph ‘Anders Breivik And The Rise of Islamophobia’ in the Taylor & Francis ‘Journal of Contemporary European Studies’ 2015: “Bangstad is an emphatic writer who is clearly emotionally vested in the issues that he discusses, yet this is not a weakness, and instead gives […]

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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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Anders Breivik And The Rise Of Islamophobia

I am greatly honoured to have my monograph ‘Anders Breivik And The Rise Of Islamophobia’ (London and New York: Zed Books, 2014) reviewed by one of Norway’s leading and most internationally recognised theologians, namely Prof Halvor Moxnes, in the latest issue of the Norwegian theological journal Teologisk Tidsskrift 4 (3) 2015. Moxnes’ review is available from this […]

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The Immanent Frame

The Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC)’s academic blog ‘The Immanent Frame’ has today, August 5 2015, published my essay ‘The Public Voice of Muslim Women’, which draws on material from my recently published monograph ‘The Politics of Mediated Presence’ (Scandinavian Academic Press, 2015). It can be read here: http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/2015/08/05/the-public-voice-of-muslim-women/

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