Syllabus/achievement requirements

Syllabus: (approx. 1000 p)


Methodological pluralism in the study of religion, society and diversity:


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, 2.4, 2.8, 2.14, 2.19, 2.21; Materials: 3.2, 3.3, 3.4. (253p)


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)

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)


Research methods and methodology:


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)


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

Neumann, Cecilie Basberg and Iver B. Neumann: “Uses of the Self: Two Ways of Thinking about Scholarly Situatedness and Method. InMillennium, 43(3) Sage publications 2015, pp.798-819 (22 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), p. 27–49. (23 p)




Cornille, Catherine and Christopher Conway, eds. (2010) Interreligious Hermeneutics (Interreligious Dialogue Series vol. 2). Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, pp. 1-115.

Jeanrond, Werner G. (1994) Theological Hermeneutics: Development and Significance. London: SCM Press, pp. 12-119.


Discourse analysis:

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

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)

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

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


Feminist theory:


Moi, Toril (2005). Sex, Gender and the Body: The Student Edition of What is a Woman? Oxford, Oxford University Press (p-1-120)

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

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)


All students should familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations on research ethics from the national committee of research ethics in Norway as well as consulting a handbook on writing their MA thesis:


Rules and regulations on research ethics:  (40 p)


See also:


Recommended handbook on MA thesis writing:

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

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