Oddbjørn Birger Leirvik

Professor - Fagseksjonen
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Phone +47 22850363
Visiting address Blindernveien 9 Domus Theologica 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1023 Blindern 0315 OSLO
Other affiliations Faculty of Theology

Scholarly profile/research areas

Since 2021, I am professor emeritus of Interreligious Studies. I have been affiliated to The Faculty of Theology (University of Oslo) since 1996, from 2005 in a permanent position. My areas of research are Christian-Muslim relations, Islam, interreligious dialogue, interreligious university theology, multicultural ethics, and religion and society.

See Interreligious Studies as a research area (at the Faculty of Theology and internatonally) and the Faculty's research group Interreligious Studies and Islamic Theology


I have mainly taught courses related to the Faculty's bachelor- and master programs in Religion and Society ("Religion og samfunn"), and its international program Religion and Diversity.

See the Faculty's courses in interreligious studies.


  • Research group in Interreligious Studies and Islamic Theology
  • Religion i pluralist societies (PluRel), an interfaculty research area at the University of Oslo (academic director 2011-2013)
  • European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (ESITIS) - board member 2005-2013, chairperson 2011-2013
  • Member of the editorial board, Kirke og Kultur 2008-2017, academic editor 2010-2017
  • Member of the core group of researchers in Culcom (2005-2010), an interdisciplinary research program at the University of Oslo. 
  • Member of the Theological Commission of the Church of Norway, 2008-2015
  • Board member of the Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief, 2000-2008
  • Member/chairperson of the national Contact Group between the Church of Norway and the Islamic Council Norway, 1993-2008
Tags: Interreligiøse studier, Systematic Theology, Islamic Studies, Interreligious Dialogue, Humanism, Hermeneutics, Contemporary Critique of Religion, Arabic
Published Feb. 3, 2010 4:01 PM - Last modified Sep. 6, 2021 3:59 PM


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