Nina Hoel

Dean of Studies - Fagseksjonen
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Phone +47 22850327
Visiting address Blindernveien 9 Domus Theologica 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1023 Blindern 0315 OSLO

Academic Interests

My main research interest is in the broad area of feminist theory and methodology in the study of religion, with a particular focus on Islamic feminism/Islamic sexual ethics and South African Muslim women’s lived experiences. For a more in-depth account of my research interests, see

Courses Taught


  • 2014 – 2015: Research Associate, KIFO (Institute for Church, Religion, and Worldview Research), Oslo, Norway
  • 2013 – 2014:  Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Project:  Contemporary Islamic Sexual Ethics and Islamic Feminism. (PI: Dr. Maheshvari Naidu) 
  • 2010 – 2012: A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Religious Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Project: South African Muslim Women, Gender, and Sexuality (PI: Associate Prof. Sa’diyya Shaikh) 
  • 2010: Doctor of Philosophy, Religious Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Thesis title: South African Muslim Women’s Experiences: Sexuality and Religious Discourses (Supervisor: Associate Prof. Sa’diyya Shaikh)
  • 2005:  Master of Social Science in Religious Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa (degree was awarded with Distinction). Thesis title: Contemporary Discourses on Muslim Women and Veiling: A Critical Analysis (Supervisor: Associate Prof. Sa’diyya Shaikh)
  • 2005 – 2012:  Researcher, Institute for Comparative Religion in Southern Africa (ICRSA), Director: Professor David Chidester, University of Cape Town  
  • 2003: Mellomfag, Religious Studies, University of Bergen, Norway
  • 2002-2003: Grunnfag, Religious Studies, University of Bergen, Norway
  • 1998-2002:  General Teacher, Professional Degree Programme, Bergen University College, Norway  

Academic Networks

  • American Academy of Religion, Co-Chair “Religion and Sexuality Group” (2014- Present), Steering Committee Member (2012-2014).
  • Islamic Africa, Editorial Advisory Board (2015-Present)
  • African Association for the Study of Religions, Program Committee Member for the 6th AASR conference in Africa, 2013-2014. 
  • Journal for the Study of Religion, International Advisory Board (2014-Present), Editorial Board Member (2008-2013).  
Tags: Gender and Religion, Islamic Studies, Gender Sexuality and Religion, Feminist Theory and Methodology
Published Aug. 17, 2015 6:18 PM - Last modified Nov. 5, 2020 10:04 AM