Syllabus: (1031 p)

Methodological pluralism. Religion, theology, social sciences and interreligious studies:


Stausberg, Michael and Steven Engler (Eds): The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion, Routledge New York 2011 (paperback 2014) Methodology 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 1.6; Methods: 2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 2.8, 2.11, 2.12, 2.14, 2.19, 2.21 ; Materials: 3.2, 3.3, 3.4. (305p)

Articles available on UiO’s website unless other source is stated:

Asad, Talal (2001). «Reading a Modern Classic: W. C. Smith’s The Meaning and End of Religion», History of Religion, 40, (3), pp. 205–222. (18 p)

Beyer, Peter (2003) «Conceptions of Religion: On Distinguishing Scientific, Theological, and “Official” Meanings», Social Compass, 50 (2), p. 141–160. (20 p)

Cheetham, David (2005). «The University and Interfaith Education», Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, 15 (1), pp. 16–35. (20 p)

Chidester, David (2014). «Expanding Empire», i Empire of Religion: Imperialism and Comparative Religion. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. p. 1–23 (24 p)

Dunbar, Scott Daniel (1998). «The place of interreligious dialogue in the academic study of religion», Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 35 (3–4), pp. 455–470. (16 p)


Lee, Lois: «Research Note: talking about a Revolution: Terminology for the New Field of Non-religion Studies», in Journal of Contemporary Religion, 27:1 2012, pp 129-139  Routledge (11 p)

Neumann, Cecilie Basberg and Iver B. Neumann: “Uses of the Self: Two Ways of Thinking about Scholarly Situatedness and Method. In Millennium, 43(3) Sage publications 2015, pp.798-819 (22 p)


Qualitative methodology of fieldwork and interviews:


Kvale, Steinar and Svend Brinkmann: Interviews: Learning the craft of Qualitative Research Interviewing, second edition. Sage: Los Angeles, London, New Dehli, Singapore 2009, pp. 1-260 (261 p)

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), s. 27–49. (23 p)


Hermeneutics and discourse analysis:

Abu-Lughod, Lila (1990). «The Romance of Resistance: Tracing Transformations of Power through Bedouin Women», American Ethnologist, Vol. 17(1), s. 41–55.   (15 p)

Clark, Elizabeth A.:  «Introduction: An Overview» in History, Theory, Texts. Historians and the Linguistic Turn, Harvard University Press: Cambridge and London 2004, pp. 1-8. (9 p) pdf

Foucault, Michel (1982) «The Subject and Power», Critical Inquiry, Vol. 8(4), s. 777–795. (19 p)

Grung, Anne Hege: «Theoretical and Contextual Perspectives» in Gender Justice in Muslim-Christian Readings. Christian and Muslim Women in Norway Making Meaning of Texts from the Bible, The Koran and the Hadith Amsterdam: Brill Rodopi 2015, pp. 15-79 (65 p)

Hendel, Ronald: «Introduction», in Ronald Hendel: Reading Genesis. Ten Methods Cambridge University Press 2010 pp. 1- 12  (13 p) pdf

Jeenah, Na’eem (2001) «Towards an Islamic Feminist Hermeneutics», Journal for Islamic Studies, Vol. 21, p. 36–70.  (35 p)

Neumann, Iver B: “Discourse Analysis”. In Qualitative methods in international relations, Palgrave Macmillan United Kingdom 2008, pp. 61-77 (19 p)

Ricoeur, Paul (1971) «What is a Text? Explanation and Interpretation», i D. M. Rasmussen, Mythic-Symbolic Language and Philosophical Anthropology. The Hague: M. Nijhoff, p. 135-150. (16 p)

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Feminist, intersectional theory

Goldenberg, Naomi (2007). «What’s god got to do with it? – A call for problematizing basic terms in the feminist analysis of religion», Feminist Theology, Vol. 15(3), pp. 275–288. (14p)

Mahmood, Saba (2001). «Feminist Theory, Embodiment, and the Docile Agent: Some Reflections on the Egyptian Islamic Revival», Cultural Anthropology, Vol. 16(2), pp. 202–236. (35p)

Moi, Toril (1991). «Appropriating Bourdieu: Feminist Theory and Pierre Bourdieu’s Sociology of Culture», New Literary History, Vol. 22(4), pp. 1017–1049. (33 p)


Grung, Anne Hege: «Transreligious Critical Hermeneutics and Gender Justice: Contested Gendered Spaces» in Contested Spaces, Common Ground. Space and Power Structures in Contemporary Multireligious Societies. Ulrich Winkler, Lidia Rodriguez Fernandez and Oddbjørn Leirvik (Eds.) Amsterdam: Brill Rodopi 2017 pp. 162-175 (14 p) pdf

Fiorenza, Elisabeth Schlüssler: «Introduction. Exploring the Intersections of Race, Gender, Status, and Ethnicity in Early Christian Studies» in Laura Nasrallah and Elizabeth Schüssler Fiorenza (Eds.) Prejudice and Christian Beginnings. Investigating Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in Early Christian Studies. Fortress Press: Minneapolis 2009, pp. 1- 23 (24 p) pdf



All students should get aquinted with the rules and regulations on research ethics from the national committee of research ethics in Norway, as well as providing for themselves a handbook on writing their Master thesis’:


Rules and regulations on research ethics:  (40 p)

Recommended handbook on the Master Thesis:

Furseth, Inger and Euris L. Everett: Doing your Master’s dissertation. From Start to Finish, SAGE Study Skills Series 2013

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