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Intersections

This article, entitled ‘The racism that dares not speak its name: Rethinking neo-nationalism and neo-racism’ appeared in the inaugural special issue of Intersections: East European Journal of Society and Politics’, edited by my colleagues Margot Feinschmidt (University of Budapest, Hungary) and Peter Hervik (University of Aarhus, Denmark). This special issue, which is based on presentations at […]

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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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Re-envisioning the history of human rights: Reading Samuel Moyn

There is a deep and undeniable sadness in all this: whenever we see the dawn of an eternal good that will never be overcome by evil – an evil that is itself eternal but will never succeed in overcoming good – whenever we see this dawn, the blood of old people and children is always […]

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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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The Dark Sides of Norwegian History

For although we desire the soothing effects of a resolution, we are not ready to renounce the freedom to question. Marcel Gauchet, The Disenchantment of The World: A Political History of Religion (Princeton University Press, 1997). Earlier this year, the Norwegian Book Critics Award – Kritikerprisen – was awarded to Professor of English Literature at […]

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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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Vårt Land

Op-ed in the Norwegian daily newspaper Vårt Land, March 2 2015 on the dubious ‘science’ of Prof Malik B. Badri and the ‘islamisation of knowledge’- paradigm in which he operates. http://www.verdidebatt.no/debatt/cat12/subcat15/thread11562099/ For a substantially longer English version of my argument herein, see my essay ‘AIDS And The Wrath of God’ in Farid Esack and Sarah […]

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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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