Category Archives: Terrorism

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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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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Routledge

Routledge has recently published the following anthology edited by Profs Ralph D. Grillo (Sussex University) and Marcel Maussen (University of Amsterdam) entitled ‘Regulation of Speech in Multicultural Societies’. Originally based on papers first presented at a conference at the University of Amsterdam in 2011, it was first published as a special issue of the Journal […]

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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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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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