Category Archives: Salafi-jihadism

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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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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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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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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Regarding Salafism

“For him, humanity was divided into the rogues and the honest: there was nothing in between.” Anton Chekhov, Ward no.6 Introducing Salafism Previously often on the margins of both scholarly, media and political attention, few ideological currents in contemporary Islam have received more attention in recent years than Salafism.  In my native Norway, this has […]

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On the public voices of Muslim women

It’s not what you say that prompts it, it’s the fact that you are saying it. Mary Beard, ‘The Public Voice of Women’, London Review of Books, 2014. For Fatima Almanea (20), Norwegian librarian, Norwegian citizen. The past weeks in Norway have seen yet another round of harassment and death threats against young Norwegian females […]

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Agora

By consent of the publishers Aschehoug, the Norwegian academic journal Agora: Journal for Metafysisk Spekulasjon has permitted the Norwegian Centre Against Racism (Antirasistisk Senter, ARS) to publish a pdf of my most recent article on Islamophobia and racism in open access and free of charge. It is the introductory essay in a double issue of Agora […]

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Texts and contexts in the work of Tariq Ramadan

Today we use the word only in its political sense, and how unfortunate for us. For I fear that those who see freedom solely as a political concept will never fully grasp its meaning. The political pursuit of freedom can lead to its eradication on a grand scale – or rather it opens the door […]

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