Nina Hoel

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Besøksadresse Blindernveien 9 Domus Theologica 0371 OSLO
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Faglige interesser

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



  • 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  


  • 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).  
Emneord: Religionsstudier/religionshistorie, Islamske studier


  • Hoel, Nina and Robyn Henderson Espinoza. 2016. "Approaching Islam Queerly." Theology & Sexuality, 22:1-2, 1-8. 
  • Hoel, Nina. 2016. “Exploring Women’s Madrasahs in South Africa: Implications for the Construction of Muslim Personhood and Religious Literacy.” Religious Education, 111:1, 30-48. 
  • Hoel, Nina. 2015. “Engaging Islamic Sexual Ethics: Intimacy, Pleasure and Sacrality.” Sexualities, 18(1/2): 80-99.     
  • Hoel, Nina. 2013. “Feminism and Religion and the Politics of Location: Situating Islamic Feminism in South Africa.” Journal of Gender and Religion in Africa, 19(2): 73-89. 
  • Hoel, Nina. 2013. “Sexualising the Sacred, Sacralising Sexuality: An Analysis of Public Responses to Muslim Women’s Religious Leadership in the Context of a Cape Town Mosque.” Journal for the Study of Religion, 26(2): 25-41.
  • Naidu, Maheshvari and Nina Hoel. 2013. “Continuities and Departures: Women’s Religious and Spiritual Leadership.” Journal for the Study of Religion, 26(2): 5-11. 
  • Hoel, Nina. 2013. “Corporeal Bodies, Religious Lives, and ‘Women’s Rights’: Engaging Islamic Body Politics among Muslim women in South Africa.” Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity, 27(4): 79-90. (Included in Routledge 2014 International Women’s Day Collection, “Inspiring Change”, see,
  • Baderoon, Gabeba, Nina Hoel and Sa’diyya Shaikh. 2013. “Theorising Experience, Subjectivity and Narrative in Studies of Gender and Islam.” Journal for Islamic Studies, 33: 1-13. 
  • Hoel, Nina and Sa’diyya Shaikh. 2013. “Sexing Islamic Theology: Theorising Women’s Experience and Gender through ʿabd-Allah and khalīfah.” Journal for Islamic Studies, 33: 127-150.
  • Hoel, Nina. 2013. “Embodying the Field: A Researcher’s Reflections on Power Dynamics, Positionality and the Nature of Research Relationships.” Fieldwork in Religion, 8(1): 27-49. 
  • Hoel, Nina and Sa’diyya Shaikh. 2013. “Sex as Ibadah: Religion, Gender and Subjectivity amongst South African Muslim Women.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 29(1): 69-91.
  • Hoel, Nina. 2012. “Engaging Religious Leaders: South African Muslim Women’s Experiences in Matters Pertaining to Divorce Initiatives.” Social Dynamics: A Journal of African Studies, 38(2): 184-200. 
  • Hoel, Nina and Elaine Nogueira-Godsey. 2011. “Transforming Feminisms: Religion, Women and Ecology.” Journal for the Study of Religion, 24(2): 5-16. 
  • Shaikh, Sa’diyya, Nina Hoel and Ashraf Kagee. 2011. “Research Report: South African Muslim Women: Sexuality, Marriage and Reproductive Choices.” Journal for Islamic Studies, 31: 96-122. 
  • Hoel, Nina, Sa’diyya Shaikh and Ashraf Kagee. 2011. “Muslim Women’s Reflections on the Acceptability of Vaginal Microbicidal Products to Prevent HIV Infection.” Ethnicity & Health, 16(2): 89-106. 
  • Hoel, Nina. 2008/2009. “Flirtations with Muslim Female Sexuality.” Annual Review of Islam in Africa, Issue No. 10: 30-34. 
  • Hoel, Nina and Sa’diyya Shaikh. 2007. “Veiling, Secularism and Islamism: Gender Constructions in France and Iran.” Journal for the Study of Religion, 20(1): 111-129. 
  • Hoel, Nina. “Sex,” in The Islamic World: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Society. Edited by Gordon Newby and James Ciment, forthcoming 2019  
  • Brottveit, Ånund, Ann Kristin Gresaker og Nina Hoel (2015, 9. oktober). Avgjørende dialog (kronikk), Vårt Land.
  • Brottveit, Ånund, Ann Kristin Gresaker og Nina Hoel. 2015. «Det handler om verdensfreden!» En evaluering av rollen Samarbeidsrådet for tros- og livssynssamfunn, Norges Kristne Råd og Islamsk Råd Norge har i dialogarbeidet. KIFO Rapport 2015: 3. 166 sider. (ISBN 978-82-92972-40-3; ISSN 0807-7517)
  • Botvar, Pål Ketil, Ånund Brottveit, Nina Hoel, Elisabet Haakedal, Ulla Schmidt. 2015. Avsluttet reform eller fortsatt læring og utvikling? Trosopplæring som arbeidsform i menighetene. KIFO Rapport 2015: 1. 92 sider. (ISBN 978-82-92972-38-0; ISSN 0807-7517)
  • Shaikh, Sa’diyya, Nina Hoel and Ashraf Kagee. 2011. South African Muslim Women: Sexuality, Marriage and Reproductive Choices, Research Report. Booklet, 32 pp.  
  • Hoel, Nina Birgette Petersen (2019). Taking the Body Seriously, Taking Relationalities Seriously: An Embodied and Relational Approach to Ethnographic Research in the Study of (Lived) Religion, In George D. Chryssides & Stephen E. Gregg (ed.),  The Insider/Outsider Debate. New Perspectives in the Study of Religion.  Equinox Publishing.  ISBN 9781781793435.  Kap.  s 88 - 109
  • Hoel, Nina Birgette Petersen (2016). Exploring women's madrasahs in South Africa: implications for the construction of muslim personhood and religious literacy. Religious Education.  ISSN 0034-4087.  111(1), s 30- 48 . doi: 10.1080/00344087.2016.1124011

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  • Botvar, Pål Ketil; Brottveit, Ånund; Hoel, Nina Birgette Petersen; Haakedal, Elisabet & Schmidt, Ulla (2015). Avsluttet reform eller fortsatt læring og utvikling? Trosopplæring som samarbeidsform i menighetene. KIFO-rapport. 1.

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