Happy to announce the publication of a commissioned essay on Norway’s July 22 2011 right-wing extremist terrorist attacks and the lessons which Norway has failed to learn in the aftermath, courtesy of the Duke University Press/World Policy Institute’s World Policy Journal (WPJ).
Category Archives: Secularism
First published September 13 2013 at: http://blogg.uio.no/prosjekter/plurel/content/the-trouble-of-thinking-about-religion-and-law There are few contemporary legal scholars who offer more profound and incisive analysis of the relationship between law and religion in the USA and elsewhere than Professor Winnifred Fallers Sullivan. My own familiarity with Sullivan’s work came via the anthropological scholar Talal Asad, whose work on the vexed […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
I have written an encyclopedia entry for Brill Publishers’ massive online ‘Vocabulary For The Study of Religion’, edited by Profs Robert A. Segal and Kocku van Stockrad. My entry ‘Secular Religion’ rather inevitably takes the work of Talal Asad, Charles Taylor and Jürgen Habermas as its starting point. The entry is available from this link: […]
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 […]