Category Archives: Public sphere

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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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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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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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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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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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 Moral Imagination of Ta-Nehisi Coates

It is hard to face this. But all our phrasing – race relations, racial chasm, racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy – serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, that it dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extract organs, cracks bones, breaks teeth. You must never look away from this. […]

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