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, discrimination, hate crimes (especially Islamophobia) and issues related to religion and the media.
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. Besides books and edited volumes, I have published a large number of book chapters and articles in journals, such as, for example, Journal of Muslims in Europe, Journal of Religion in Europe, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, CHAOS, Temenos, CyberOrient, etcetera.
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 currently responsible for one externally funded research projects 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). I am also part of the research project, Middle Eastern conflicts, classroom observations, teaching strategies, islamophobia, democracy that is funded by the Swedish Research foundation.
Since 2016 I have also been part of the Segerstedt Institute at the University of Gothenburg.
During spring 2017 I will also write a report for the governmental body SST, the Swedish Commission for Government Support to Faith Communities on how the current crises in the Middle East have an impact on religious minorities and how members of these groups have migrated to Sweden.
Ph.D., Professor., Senior Lecturer