Curriculum Vitae



2003-2007:  International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) i Leiden, Nederland – PhD Fellow. PhD degree awarded by Radboud University 10.09.07.


1998-2002: University of Bergen, Norway – Cand.Polit.-degree in Social Anthropology based on a dissertation about Muslims in Cape Town.


1993-1998: University of Bergen, Norway – Cand.Mag-degree with undergraduate studies in Social Anthropology, Spanish and Latin American Studies and Sociology.




2013-2014: Affiliated Researcher, Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo.


2010-2013: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo. Postdoctoral funding from the Norwegian Research Council (NFR) for the project Vernacular Concepts of the Secular Among Young Norwegian Muslims.


2008-2010: Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Oslo University College, Oslo, Norway.


2008: First consultant/Case worker Immigration Appeals’ Board (UNE), Oslo, Norway.


2003-2007: PhD Fellow at the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM), Leiden, The Netherlands.


2002: Research Assistant at Christian Michelsen’s Institute (CMI) in Bergen, Norway. Main author on a bibliography of Palestinian Islamist Movements published by CMI, and co-author of a report on Norwegian bilateral aid to South Africa 1990-2000.


2001-2002: Instructor at undergraduate levels in Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen.



2013: Fieldwork on ‘vernacular concepts of the secular’ among young Norwegians of Muslim minority background resident in Oslo, Norway.


2004-2005: 9 months of fieldwork among Muslims in different communities in Cape Town, South Africa.


2003-2004: 6 months in Cape Town, South Africa.


2000: 8 months fieldwork among Muslims in a township in Cape Town, South Africa.



  •  ‘Palestinian Islamist Movements: An Annotated Bibliography’, CMI Report 21


  • (in Norwegian) ‘Richard Wilson. The Politics of Truth and Reconciliation: Legitimising the Post-Apartheid State’ (Book review), Internasjonal Politikk 60/2 (2002).


  • ‘Revisiting the PAGAD Phenomenon: Machoism or Islamism?’. ISIM Newsletter 11 (December), 10.


  • (in Norwegian) ‛PAGAD og Responser på PAGAD-fenomenet i et muslimsk lokalsamfunn i Cape Town, Sør-Afrika’ (‘PAGAD And Responses to the PAGAD Phenomenon in A Muslim Community in Cape Town, South Africa’) Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift 14 (4), 221-235.


  • ‘When Muslims Marry non-Muslims: Marriage as Incorporation in a Cape Muslim Community’, Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations, 15 (3), 349-364.


  • ‘The Changed Circumstances for the Performance of Religious Authority in a Cape Muslim Community’, Journal of Religion in Africa, 34 (1-2), 39-61.


  • ‘Hydras Heads: PAGAD and Responses to the PAGAD phenomenon in a Cape Muslim Community’, Journal of Southern African Studies 31 (1), 187-208.


  • ‘Food For Thought: The Social Meanings of Food in a Cape Muslim Community,’ Annual Review of Islam in South Africa 6.


  • ‘Humanizing Muslims Through the Visual Media: An interview with Akiedah Mohammed, filmmaker,’ ISIM Newsletter 16 (March), 54-55.


  • ‘‘Ik ben ook maar een mens’: Zuid-Afrikaanse Moslims en HIV/AIDS [I’m only a human being: South African Muslims and HIV/AIDS],’ ZemZem: Tijdschrift over het Midden-Oosten, Noord-Afrika en islam 2 (3), 108-114.


  • Diasporic Consciousness as a Strategic Resource: A Case-Study From a Cape Muslim Community. In Leif O. Manger og Munzoul A. Assal (eds.) Diasporas Within and Without Africa: Dynamism, Heterogeneity, Variation. Uppsala: Nordic Africa Institute, 32-60.


  • ‘Men Behaving Differently?’ (Book review) African Review of Books 2 (2), 11-13.


  • (in Norwegian) ‛Grunnlagsproblemer i islamsk feministisk teori’ [‘Foundational Problems in Islamic Feminist Theory’], Tidsskrift for Kjønnsforskning 1/2007.


  • (in Norwegian) ‘Individets ukrenkelige verdighet: Om forfatteren og aktivisten Unni Wikan’ (‘The inalienable dignity of the individual: On the author and activist Unni Wikan’) , Prosa 02 2007, 17-19.


  • Global Flows, Local Appropriations: Facets of Secularisation and Re-Islamisation Among Contemporary Cape Muslims. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.


  • ‘How ‘Islamic’ is Secularism? Lessons from Cape Town, South Africa’, ISIM Review 20 (Autumn) 2007, 52-53.


  • (in Norwegian) ‘Sekularisering, sekularisme og re-islamisering i sør-afrikansk lys’, (‘Secularism and Secularisation in light of South African Experiences’) Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift 4 2007, 412-20.


  • (in Norwegian) ‘Den problematiske friheten’ (‘A Problematic Freedom’). Book review of Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Arne Johan Vetlesen (eds.) Frihet (Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, 2007). Prosa 02/2008.


  • (in Norwegian) ‘Larmen og Vreden: Fotnoter til sekularismedebatten’ (‘The Sound and The Fury: Footnotes to the Debate on Secularism’), Samtiden 2/2008, 20-29.


  • (in Norwegian) ‘Islamske ekteskap i en sekulær kontekst: Noen sør-afrikanske eksempler.’ (‘Islamic Marriages in a Secular Context: Some examples from South Africa’) Nordisk Tidsskrift for Menneskerettigheter 02/2008, 148-162.


  • (in Norwegian) ‘Fotnoter til antropologien om islam.’ (‘Footnotes to the Anthropology of Islam’. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift 04/2008, 243-255.


  • ‘AIDS and ‘The Wrath of God’. In Esack, Farid and Sarah Chiddy (eds.) Islam and AIDS: Between Scorn, Pity and Justice, 43-58. Oxford: Oneworld Publications.


  • ‘Contesting Secularism/s: Secularism and Islam in the Work of Talal Asad’, Anthropological Theory 9 (2) 2009, 188-208. [cited in a review article by Canell, Fenella in Annual Review of Anthropology 2010: ‘The Anthropology of Secularism’, ARA 39: 85-100]. [2]


  • (in Norwegian) Sekularismens ansikter [The Faces of Secularism]. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. Swedish edition: Sekularismens Ansikten. Lund: Studentliteratur 2012.


  • (with Bjørn E. Bertelsen) ‘Heart of Darkness Re-Invented? The Tale of Two Norwegian Ex-Soldiers in the Congo’, Anthropology Today 01/2010, 8-12.


  • ̔Anthropologists Are Talking About Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the New Europe: Matti Bunzl in Conversation With Sindre Bangstad’, Ethnos 75 (2), 213-228.


  • 2010c. ‘The History that Hurts and the History that Soothes: Commemorating South African Muslims’ participation in the anti-apartheid struggle, c. 1948-1990.’ In Cora Alexa Døving and Nicholas Schwaller (eds.) Minority Narratives and National Memory, 59-69. Oslo: Unipub Forlag.


  •  (with Aslam Fataar) ‘Ambigous Accommodation: Cape Muslims and Post-Apartheid Politics’, Journal of Southern African Studies 36 (4), 817-832.


  • ‘Saba Mahmood and Anthropological Feminism After Virtue’, Theory, Culture and Society 28 (3), 28-54.


  • Multikulturalismen og dens kritikere [Multiculturalism and its Critics]. In Bø, Bente Puntervold (ed.) Multikulturell teori og flerkulturelle praksiser [Multiculturalist theory and multicultural practices]. 21-55. Oslo: Abstrakt.


  • ( In Norwegian,with Jacob Høigilt). ‘Hvordan forstå Muslimbrødrene? Islamisme i den arabiske og europeiske konteksten [‘How Are We To Understand the Muslim Brothers? Islamism in the Arab and European context’], Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift 28 (2), 123-135.


  • ‘Fighting Words That Are Not Fought’, The Immanent Frame (Academic blog) 14.06.2011.


  • ‘Norway: Terror and Islamophobia in the Mirror’, OpenDemocracy (Academic blog) 22.08.2011.


  • ‘The morality police are coming! Muslims in Norway’s media discourses’, Anthropology Today 27 (5), 3-7.


  • (in Norwegian, with Arne Johan Vetlesen). ‘Ytringsfrihet og ytringsansvar’ [‘Freedom and Responsibility of Expression’], Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift 28 (4), 334-346.


  • (in Norwegian). En norsk sekularisme? I Sekularisme- med norske briller, 47-67. Edited by Sindre Bangstad, Oddbjørn Leirvik and Ingvill Th. Plesner. Oslo: Unipub.


  • (in Norwegian). ‘Review of Bjørn Olav Utvik’s Islamismen and Øystein Sørensen’s Drømmen om det fullkomne samfunn’, Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift 22 (2): 150-152.


  • (in Norwegian’) ‘Islamofobi, rasisme og religionskritikk’, Kirke og kultur 116 (4): 247-266.


  • ‘Review of Ivan Strenski’s Why Politics Can’t Be Freed From Religion’, Temenos 46 (2): 253-257.


  • (with John L. and Jean Comaroff, Thomas Hylland Eriksen). ‘Anthropologists Are Talking About Anthropology and Post-Apartheid South Africa’, Ethnos 77 (1): 115-136.


  • ‘Review of Peter Hervik’s The Annoying Difference’, Social Anthropology 20 (2): 211-212.


  • ‘Muslimenes religiøse verdier forandrer seg aldri’ [‘The religious values of Muslims never change’]. In Motgift [Counterpoison] (an anthology about 22/7 edited by Sigve Indregaard), 97-106. Oslo: Manifest Forlag.


  • ‘Terror in Norway’, American Anthropologist 114 (2): 152-53. [2]


  • ‘Ytringsfrihetens blindsoner’ [‘The Blind Zones of Freedom of Expression’], Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift 29 (2), 229-233.


  • ‘Norway – One Year After: An Open Wound’, OpenDemocracy (Academic blog) 20.07.12.


  • ‘Review of Chris Allen’s Islamophobia’, Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life 6 (3). Online First Version 03.08.12.


  • ‘Review of Jeremy Waldron’s The Harm in Hate Speech’, Nordic Journal of Human Rights 30 (3): 217-220.


  • ‘Failing to Protect Minorities Against Racist and/or Discriminatory Speech? The Case of Norway and § 135 (a) of the Norwegian General Penal Code’, Nordic Journal of Human Rights 30 (4): 483-514.


  • (in Norwegian) ‘Kulturmarxisme’ Encyclopedia entry for Store Norske Leksikon Online.


  • 2013a. (With John R. Bowen and Oddbjørn Leirvik) ‘Anthropologists Are Talking  About Islam and Law in Europe’, Ethnos. Online First 03.04.13.


  • 2013b. ‘Eurabia Comes to Norway’, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. Online First 03.06.13.


  • 2013c. ‘Review of Jonathan VanAntwerpen, Craig Calhoun and Michael Warner’s Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age’, Religion and Society: Advances in Research 3: 236-238.


  • 2013d. ‘Review of Christine M. Jacobsen’s Islamic Traditions and Muslim Youth in Norway’, Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift 24 (1): 70-73.


  • 2013e. ‘Inclusion and Exclusion in the Mediated Public Sphere: The Case of Norway and Its Muslims’, Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale 21 (3): 1-15.


  • 2013f. (With Marius Linge) ‘IslamNet-puritansk salafisme i Norge’ [‘IslamNet-puritan Salafism in Norway, Kirke og kultur 116 (3): 254-272.


  • 2013g. (in Norwegian) ‘Diskriminerende ytringer’ Encyclopedia entry for Store Norske Leksikon Online


  • 2013h.[In Norwegian] ‘Sekularisme’ Encyclopedia entry for Store Norske Leksikon Online.


  • 2013i.[In Norwegian] ‘Salafisme’ Encyclopedia entry for Store Norske Leksikon Online.


  • 2014a. ‘Fighting Words: What’s Wrong With Freedom of Expression?’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 40 (2): 266-282 (special issue on ‘Regulation of Speech in Multicultural Societies edited by Ralph D. Grillo and Marcel Maussen). [1].


  • 2014b. ‘The Weight of Words: The Freedom of Expression Debate in Norway’, Race & Class 55 (4): 8-29.


  • 2014c. [In Norwegian] ‘Sekulær kritikk? Blasfemi, krenkelser og ytringsfrihet i lys av karikaturstriden’ [Anmeldelse av Talal Asad et. al. (red.) Is Critique Secular?: Blasphemy, Injury and Free Speech (Fordham University Press, 2013)’Agora – Journal for Metafysisk Spekulasjon 30 2013 (3-4): 392-402.


  • 2014d. Anders Breivik and The Rise of Islamophobia. 286 pp. London and New York: Zed Books (June) [2].


  • 2014e. [In Norwegian] (with Cora A. Døving) Hva er rasisme? 150 pp. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget (October/November) [1].


  • 2014f. The Politics of Mediated Presence: Young Norwegian Muslims in Norwegian Public Spheres. 250 pp. Oslo: Scandinavian Academic Press (December) [1].


Review of Jennifer Selby’s Questioning French Secularism (2012), commissioned by Religion & Society [1],2014.


‘Religion-Secular’, Commissoned and accepted for publication in Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, edited by Robert Segal and Kocku Van Stockrad. 2015. Leiden: Brill.


[In Norwegian] ‘Anti-muslimsk rasisme’ Commisioned article for special issue of Agora-Journal for Metafysisk Spekulasjon on Racism edited by Prof Frode Helland, 2015 [1]


Anthropology In Our Times: A Series in Public Anthropology. 300 pp. Edited and introduced by Sindre Bangstad, prefaces by Prof Jean Comaroff (Harvard University, USA) and Prof Thomas Hylland Eriksen (University of Oslo, Norway).




Referee for Ethnos, Social Analysis, Theory, Culture and Society, American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology Today, Anthropological Theory, Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift, Din, Kirke og Kultur, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.




Have taught at Oslo University College (Høgskolen i Oslo) 2008-09, given courses in the Anthropology of Islam at the Faculty of Theology (Teologisk Fakultet) at the University of Oslo (2012, 2014), Religion and Politics at the Faculty of Theology (Teologisk Fakultet) at the University of Oslo (2014), courses in secularism at the School of Theology (Menighetsfakultetet) in Oslo (2013) and in Religion and Multiculturalism at the School of Theology (Menighetsfakultetet) in Oslo (2014).




Supervision of students at M. A. level in Social Work at Oslo University College (2009 to 2010), and students at M. A. level at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo (2009 to 2010). Co-supervisor for Norwegian M.A. student at Universite de Saint Joseph/Beirut, Lebanon 2012-13.





2004: Islam and the Public Sphere. PhD Course at the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM), Leiden, The Netherlands.


2007: Conceptions of Islam. PhD Course at the Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, University of Bergen, Norway.




2008: Universitetsforlagets Faglitteraere Pris for Best Prose Manuscript.


2011: Northern Scholars’ Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.


2011: Invited Lecturer, Norwegian Academy of Sciences, Oslo, Norway.


2014: Invited Lecturer, Columbia University, University of Connecticut and Middlebury College,USA.



Interviews with NRK (Radio), TV2, Morgenbladet, Klassekampen (National), Al-Jazeera Arabic (Qatar), The Globe & Mail (Canada), YLE Radio and TV (Finland), La Republicca (Italy). Have published in Aftenposten, Klassekampen, Dagbladet, Morgenbladet, Dagsavisen, Dag og Tid, Bergens Tidende (national), as well as The Guardian UK, Mail & Guardian South Africa, Open Democracy and The Immanent Frame (International).




Initiator and main coordinator of series in public anthropology funded by Fritt Ord Foundation and featuring leading international scholars of social anthropology at the House of Literature in Oslo 2009-2014.


Co-organizer (with Prof Matti Bunzl of University of Illinois-Urbana- Champaign) of panel on Islam and Secularism in Europe, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), New Orleans, USA 2010.


Co-organizer (with Assoc. Prof Heiko Henkel of Copenhagen University) of panel on Scandinavian Anthropology After 22/7 2011, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), San Francisco, USA, 2012.