Category Archives: Radicalism

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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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. […]

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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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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 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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Forskning.no

A commissioned op-ed of mine in Norwegian published by forskning.no in its series ‘After Paris’ on March 2 2015: http://forskning.no/blogg/etter-paris/dette-handler-ikke-bare-om-karikaturer-og-ytringsfrihet  

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Freedom of expression at any cost?

A fine article in Norwegian about my recent work by Mathias H. Eidberg at my faculty and originally published on the webpages of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo in Norway, where I work.   http://www.tf.uio.no/forskning/aktuelt/aktuelle-saker/2015/ytringsfrihet.html

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Values and violence: Thoughts on Charlie Hebdo

The Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC)’s blog ‘The Immanent Frame’, which takes its name from Prof Charles Taylor’s seminal  ‘A Secular Age’ (Belknap Press, 2007), has commissioned responses from a number of scholars in various fields in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France on January 7 and 9 2015, in which a […]

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Free speech and its others…again

It was not by making yourself heard, but by staying sane that you carried on the human heritage. George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). And so then, the inevitable blog post on this month’s heinous terrorist attacks on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and the subsequent attack on a Jewish supermarket in Paris, […]

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