1. Books (420 pp + 250 pp elective monograph, see below)

Davie, G. (2013) The Sociology of Religion. London, Sage Publications. 260 pp.

Leirvik, Oddbjørn (2014) Interreligious studies. A relational approach to religious activism and the study of religion. London, Bloomsbury. For sale from the author. (160 pp.)


  1. Articles (380 pp)

All articles are available in Fronter

Secularization, religious systems, public religion (100 pp):

Beyer, Peter (1998) The Religious System of Global Society: A Sociological Look at Contemporary Religion and Religons. Numen [Internet], 45 (1), pp. 1-29.  Online article.

Davie, Grace (2006) Is Europe an Exceptional Case. The Hedgehog Review [Internet], vol 8, pp. 23-34.

Gorski, Phillip S. & Altinordu, Ates (2008) After Secularization? Annual Review of Sociology [Internet], vol 34, pp 55-77. Online article.

Habermas, Jürgen (2005) Religion in the Public Sphere. The Holberg Prize Seminar. pp 10-19. Online article.

Hjarvard, S (2011) The mediatisation of religion. Theorising religion, media and social change. Culture and Religion [Internet], 12 (2). 15 pp. Online article.

Zuckermann, Phil (2009) Why are Danes and Swedes so irreligious. Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, vol 1, pp. 55-69 (Fronter).


Anthropological approaches to the study of religion (45 pp):

Asad, Talal (1986) The Idea of an Anthropology of Islam. Washington, D.C: Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University (20 pp). Online.

Bowen, John (2011) Religions in Practice: An Approach to the Anthropology of Religion. Boston, Pearson. pp. 1-7 (Fronter).

Gellner, David N. (1990) Introduction: what is the anthropology of buddhism about? Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford [Internet], 21 (2). Online article.

Current developments, Islam (55 pp):

Esack, F. (2003) In search of progressive Islam beyond 9/11. In: Safi, O. (ed.) Progressive Muslims. On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism. Oxford : Oneworld, pp. 78-97 Online.

Roy, Oliver (2010) Holy ignorance. When Religion and Culture Part Ways. London : Hurst. pp 1-19 (Fronter).

Sadouni, Samadia (2013) Ahmed Deedat, Internatinonalization, and Transformation of Islamic Polemic. Journal of Religion in Africa [Internet], 43 (1), pp. 53-73. Online article.

Current developments, Christianity (45 pp):

Beyer, Peter (2003) De-centring Religious Singularity: The Globalization of Christianity as a Case in Point. Numen [Internet], 50 (4), pp. 357-386. Online article.

Leirvik, Oddbjørn (2006) Charismatic Mission, Miracles and Faith-Based Diplomacy: The Case of Aril Edvardsen. In: Stålsett, S. (ed.) Spirits of Globalization. The Growth of Pentecostalism and Experiential Spiritualities in a Global Age. London : SMC Press, pp 131-144. (Fronter).


Current developments, new spiritualities (35 pp):

Gilhus, Ingvild Sælid (2012) Post-secular religion and the therapeutic turn: three Norwegian examples. Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis [Internet], vol 24, pp. 62-75. Online article.

Heelas, Paul (2007) The Spiritual Revolution of Northern Europe: Personal Beliefs. Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, vol 1, 25 pp. (Fronter).

Interreligious relations (45 pp):

Horsfjord, Vebjørn (2011) Reaching for the reset button for Muslim-Christian Relations. Recent Developments in the Common Word Process. Studies in Interreligious Dialogue. [Internet], 21 (1), pp. 64 - 78. Online article.

Williams, Rowan (2008) A Common Word for the Common Good [Internet]. 17 pp, Online document

A common word between Us and You. A letter from 138 Muslim leaders to Christian leaders worldwide (2007) 15 pp, Online document

Gender critical perspectives (50 pp):

Grung, Anne Hege (2011) Gender Justice in Muslim-Christian Readings: A Hermeneutical Case Study on Readings of Sura 4:34 and 1 Timothy 2:8-15 in a Group of Muslim and Christian Women in Norway. Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, vol 2, pp.133-150. (Fronter).

Moghadam, V. M. (2005) Islamic feminism: its discontents and its prospects. Paper presented to the International Congress of Islamic Feminism, Barcelona October 2005. 12pp. (Fronter).

Woodhead, Linda (2007) Gender Differences in Religious Practice and Significance. In: Beckford, J. and Demerath, N.J. (eds.) The Sage Handbook of the Sociology of Religion. Los Angeles, Sage, 20 pp. (Fronter).


  1. Elective monograph (ca. 250 pp)


Choose one book within one of the following thematic fields (other books may be considered):

a) Current developments in Christianity:

Jenkins, Philip (2011) The Next Christendom.The Coming of Global Christianity. New York : Oxford University Press.

Jenkins, Philip (2007) God’s Continent. Christianity, Islam and Europe's Religious Crisis. Oxford : Oxford University Press.

Stålsett, Sturla J. (ed.) (2006) Spirits of Globalization. The Growth of Pentecostalism and Experiential Spiritualities in a Global Age. London: SCM Press.

b) Current developments in Islam:

El Fadl, K. A. (2001) Speaking in God’s Name. Islamic Law, Authority, and Women. Oxford : Oneworld.

Mahmood, S. (2011) Politics of Piety. The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject. Princeton, N.J : Princeton University Press.

Roy, Olivier (2006) Globalized Islam. The Search for a New Ummah. New York : Columbia University Press.

Wadud, Amina (2006) Inside the Gender Jihad. Women’s Reform in Islam. Oxford: Oneworld Publ.

d) New spiritualities:

Heelas, Paul (2008) Spiritualities of Life: New Age Romanticism and Consumptive Capitalism. Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub.

Salomonsen, Jone (2001) Enchanted Feminism : Ritual, Gender and Divinity among The Reclaiming Witches of San Fransisco. London : Routledge.

e) Interreligious relations:

Esack, F. (1997) Qur’an, Liberation and Pluralism. An Islamic Perspective of Interreligious Solidarity against Oppression. Oxford : Oneworld.

Leirvik, Oddbjørn (2006/2010) Human Conscience and Muslim-Christian Relations. Modern Egyptian Thinkers on al-damir. London: Routledge.


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