Category Archives: Extremism

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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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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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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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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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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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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Intersections

This article, entitled ‘The racism that dares not speak its name: Rethinking neo-nationalism and neo-racism’ appeared in the inaugural special issue of Intersections: East European Journal of Society and Politics’, edited by my colleagues Margot Feinschmidt (University of Budapest, Hungary) and Peter Hervik (University of Aarhus, Denmark). This special issue, which is based on presentations at […]

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