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 processes of change in religiously pluralist societies an important part of the horizon. Research in the field include text-based as well as empirical approaches.
The field of study includes the relation between religion and secularity as well as Islamic theology - which is dealt with in an interreligious perspective.
For interreligious studies and research on interreligious relations, see additional entry in Norwegian.
Cf. horizon document (from 2000).
About the group
The research group is led by includes senior researchers and research fellows working on themes like Islam in Norway; Islamic thought; Qur'anic Studies, Christian-Muslim relations; Christian-Buddhist dialogue; religion and secularity; religion and human rights; and gender perspectives on religious change.
The group is lead by Professor Oddbjørn Leirvik and includes Associate Professor Safet Bektovic, Associate Professor Anne Hege Grung, Associate Professor Nina Hoel, Professor Emeritus Notto R. Thelle,Senior Lecturer Ingvild Flaskerud, Senior Lecturer Nora S. Eggen, Lecturer Markus Keller, postdoc Helge Årsheim, PhD-fellows Amina Selimovic, Farhan Shah, Tonje Baugerud , Rosemarie van den Breemer and Sven Thore Kloster. External members include Faruk Terzic, Kjersti Børsum, Steinar Ims and Iselin Jørgensen.
See Publikasjonar (publications in English and Norwegian).
Academic programmes and courses
Interreligious relations are an integral part of the Faculty’s study programs "Religion and Society" (bachelor and master), the master programs in "Religions and Diversity" and in "Leadership, Ethics and Dialogue", and of the joint first year courses for all programs at the Faculty. See full overview of interreligious courses.
See also information about the Faculty's courses for religious leaders.
Several group members took part in the University of Oslo's interfaculty research area PluRel (Religion in Pluralist Socities, 2008-2015). Interreligious studies was also an integral part of the interfaculty research program Culcom (Cultural Complexity in th New Norway (2004-2010).
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 is closely related to the journal Interreligious Studies and Intercultural Theology. ESITIS is presently headed by Anne Hege Grung, a member of our research group.
See overview of interreligious studies internationally.