Interreligious Studies and Islamic theology

Studies and research in the field of Interreligious Studies focus on the relation between different religions and world views – varying from conflict to dialogue – in the wider perspective of religion and society. The relational perspective is a defining feature of the approach, and processes of change in religiously pluralist societies an important part of the horizon. The field of study includes the relation between religion and secularity as well as Islamic theology.

Cf. horizon document (from 2000).

About the group

The research group includes senior researchers and research fellows working on themes like Islam in Norway; Islamic thought; Christian-Muslim relations; Christian-Buddhist dialogue; Christianity, Islam and traditional religion in Africa; religion and secularity; religion and human rights; religion and ecology; new religious movements; and gender perspectives on religious change.

The group is lead by Professor Oddbjørn Leirvik. The research group includes Senior Professor Notto R. Thelle, Associate Professor Safet Bektovic, Associate Professor Anne Hege Grung, Associate Professor Nina Hoel, Lecturer Ingvild Flaskerud, postdoc Helge Årsheim, postdoc Vebjørn Horsfjord, PhD-fellows Amina Selimovic and Sven Thore Kloster. External members include Faruk Terzic, Kjersti Børsum, Steinar Ims and Iselin Jørgensen.


See Arrangement. Some of the group’s activities take place in the framework of the interfacultary research network Religion in pluralist societies (PluRel). Some of the group’s members also take part in PluRel’s research group Islamic Studies at UiO.

Research results

See Publikasjonar (publications in English and Norwegian).

Study programs and courses

Interreligious relations are an integral part of the Faculty’s study programs Religion and Society (bachelor and master), and of the joint first year courses for alle programs at the Faculty. See overview of interreligious courses.

International network

Through the members of the research group, the Faculty of Theology is linked with the European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (ESITIS). ESITIS publishes the journal Studies in Interreligious Dialogue.

See overview of interreligious studies internationally.

Published May 11, 2011 1:21 PM - Last modified July 26, 2017 2:15 PM