I am a professor in Religious Studies. While my research is focused primarily on Islam and Muslims in Europe, I have also written about Islamic theology, Quranic studies and issues related to religion and the media. In addition to my academic work I was also secretary to the Ministry of Education's 2008-2009 inquiry into the training of Imams in Sweden (SPU 2009:52).
My most recent publications are the edited volume, Muslims and the New Information and Communication Technologies: Notes from an Emerging Field, published by Springer in 2013 (edited together with Thomas Hoffmann) and Muslims and the New Media: Historical and Contemporary Debates, published by Ashgate in 2011. I also collaborated with professor Åke Sander on the publication Islam and Muslims in Sweden: Integration or Fragmentation? A Contextual Study, published by Verlag in 2007.
Although I did my PhD in Religious Studies at the University of Gothenburg, I have also held positions at Uppsala University and Södertörn University, and have been a guest researcher at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands (spring 2004). Between 2011 and 2014 I was affiliated with the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo, Norway.
I am conducting research into Muslims in Europe (especially in Sweden). I am contracted to write the volume for Brill’s Islamic legal document (Sweden); this project is done together with Dr Mosa Sayed at the university of Uppsala, Sweden
From September 1st 2012 until the summer 2014 worked (30 per cent) as a researcher for the governmental body SST, the Swedish Commission for Government Support to Faith Communities. My research for SST was focused on Islam and Muslims in Sweden and Europe. In November 2014 I also finalised a governmental report on hate crimes towards faith communities in Sweden (the report is written together with Simon Stjernholm, Lund University).
I am also responsible for two externally funded research projects. The first project is on apostasy and Islam, i.e. people leaving Islam and Muslim debates about apostasy in both history and contemporary times. This project is funded by the Swedish Research foundation (VR). The second project is a smaller pilot project on the religious geography of Gothenburg, Sweden. This project is funded by the Anna Ahrenberg foundation (Anna Ahrenbergs stiftelsen).
During spring 2015 I will also write a report for the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) on how the current crises in the Middle East have an impact on Sweden.
Ph.D., Professor., Senior Lecturer