Category Archives: Muslims

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

What we talk about when we talk about assymetrical warfare in our time: Reflections on Grégoire Chamayou’s ‘Drone Theory’

«In the end, we see what we want to see, and the rest falls away» Daniel Mendelsohn, The Lost: A Search For Six Of Six Million, 2007 On March 7 this year, international news media reported that some 150 «militants» had been killed in a single US drone strike north of the Somalian capital Mogadishu. […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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. […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More