Category Archives: 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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Islamophobia Studies Yearbook

I have a commissioned chapter entitled ‘Re-coding nationalism: Islam, Muslims and Islamophobia in Norway before and after July 22 2011′, pp. 44-66 in the latest ‘Islamophobia Studies Yearbook 2016′, edited by Associate Professor Farid Hafez at the University of Salzburg, Austria. The volume is available by direct order from the publishers, New Academic Press in Vienna or from Amazon.com. […]

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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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Presentation at Princeton University, Oct 2, 2015

THE RELATION OF FEAR AND PHOBIA TO SOCIAL INTEGRATION Presentation  for Conference on Xenophobia and Social Integration at the Institute For Advanced Studies (IAS)/Princeton Institute For International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), Princeton University, Oct 1 to 3 2015. Given by Sindre Bangstad (cand. Polit., PhD in Anthropology), Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, Norway at Aaron Burr […]

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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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Teologisk Tidsskrift

The latest issue of the Norwegian theological journal Teologisk Tidsskrift 4 (3) 2015 features an extended commissioned book review based on my reflections on an important contribution to public sphere theorizing in Norway, namely Associate Professor Lars Laird Iversen’s (School of Theology, Oslo) book ‘Uenighetsfelleskapet’ ['The Community of Disagreement'], Universitetsforlaget, 2014. The review is available from […]

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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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