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  • 1.
    Aasmundsen, Hans Geir
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Pentecostalism, Globalisation and Society in Contemporary Argentina2013Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In Argentina, Pentecostalism had a breakthrough in the early 1980s, and today more than 10 per cent of the population are Pentecostals. The revival coincided with a socio-political transformation of Argentinean society. After half a century of dictatorships and Peronism, democracy was restored, and structural changes paved the way for a certain “autonomisation” of politics, law, economy, science and religion. The "new" form of society that developed resembles what in this study is called a Western model, which to a large degree is currently being diffused on a global scale. This work examines the new religious sphere and how Pentecostals relate to society at large, and the political and judicial sphere in particular.

    Social systems theory and an idea of communication as constitutive of social spheres, such as religious, political and judicial ones, form the theoretical foundation for the study. Methods that have been used are fieldwork, interviews and analyses of written material. It is concluded that evangelisation and transformation are of major concern to Pentecostals in contemporary Argentina and that this follows a global trend. Evangelisation has always been important to, even a hallmark of, Pentecostalism. What has become as important is the urge for transformation, of the individual, the family and society. This leads to increased socio-political engagement. However, Pentecostals do not have a “fixed” idea of how society should be organised, i.e., they do not yet have a full-fledged political theology, a public theology or what could be called a Pentecostal ideology. This is mainly because they experience a lack of “compatibility” between the Pentecostal and the political communication. Their approaches to socio-political concerns seem to be based on an understanding of certain “values” as the fundamental building block of society.

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  • 2.
    Aasmundsen, Hans-Geir
    Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History, Study of religions.
    Contemporary Pentecostal-Catholic encounters in Argentina2009In: Global Pentecostalism: Encounters with other Religious Traditions / [ed] David Westerlund, London: I. B. Tauris , 2009, p. 243-259Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Ackfeldt, Anders
    et al.
    Lunds universitet.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Brusi, Frédéric
    Stockholms universitet.
    Cato, Johan
    Lunds universitet.
    Dogan, Güney
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Fazlhashemi, Mohammad
    Uppsala universitet.
    Gardell, Mattias
    Uppsala universitet.
    Hjärpe, Jan
    Lunds universitet.
    Hylén, Torsten
    Högskolan Dalarna.
    Johansson, Andreas
    Linnéuniversitetet.
    Karlsson Minganti, Pia
    Stockholms universitet.
    Kittelmann Flensner, Karin
    Högskolan Väst.
    Larsson, Göran
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Olsson, Susanne
    Otterbeck, Jonas
    Lunds universitet.
    Poljarevic, Emin
    Uppsala universitet.
    Sander, Åke
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Sorgenfrei, Simon
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Stjernholm, Simon
    Köpenhamns universitet.
    Stenberg, Leif
    Centrum för Mellanösternstudier, Lund.
    Svensson, Jonas
    Linnéuniversitetet.
    Törning, Lenita
    Birkbeck, University of London, UK.
    Undermålig forskning i svensk myndighetsrapport2017Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 4.
    af Burén, Ann
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    En känsla av samhörighet2020In: Kvinnligt religiöst ledarskap: En vänbok till Gunilla Gunner / [ed] Simon Sorgenfrei & David Thurfjell, Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2020, p. 279-288Chapter in book (Other academic)
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  • 5.
    af Burén, Ann
    Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History, Study of religions.
    Especially Loved by Allah: Muslim and LGBTQ in Istanbul2011In: Temenos, ISSN 0497-1817, E-ISSN 2342-7256, Vol. 47, no 1, p. 61-76Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The article builds on ethnographic fieldwork within the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer) milieu of Istanbul. It is based on material collected through participant observation and semi-structured interviews with people who at the same time self-identify as practicing Muslims and have romantic and sexual relations with people of their own sex. The protagonist of the article is a pious Muslim woman who can be placed in the category of LGBTQ Muslims who do not seek coherence and are not involved in a reinterpretation of their Islamic tradition. The article explores the complex ways in which this woman handles the potential conflicts between her sex life and her religious beliefs, and points specifically to the way she supports herself on the firm belief that Allah loves and protects her.

  • 6.
    af Burén, Ann
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions. Göteborgs universitet.
    Living Simultaneity: On religion among semi-secular Swedes2015Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis aims at contributing to a critical discussion on the supposedly far-reaching secularity of Sweden on the one hand, and on the incongruence and inconsistency of lived religion on the other. At the center are people referred to as semi-secular Swedes – a group that is often neglected in the study of religion. These people do not go to church or get involved in any other alternative organized spiritual activities, neither are they actively opposed to religion or entirely indifferent to it. Most of them describe the ways they are – or are not – religious as in line with the majority patterns in Swedish society.

    The study is qualitative in method and the material has been gathered through interviews and a questionnaire. It offers a close reading of 28 semi-secular Swedes’ ways of talking about and relating to religion, particularly in reference to their everyday lives and their own experiences, and it analyzes the material with a focus on incongruences.

    By exploring how the term religion is employed vernacularly by the respondents, the study pinpoints one particular feature in the material, namely simultaneity. The concept of simultaneity is descriptive and puts emphasis on a ‘both and’ approach in (1) the way the respondents ascribe meaning to the term religion, (2) how they talk about themselves in relation to different religious designations, and (3) how they interpret experiences that they single out as ‘out-of-the-ordinary’. These simultaneities are explained and theorized through analyses focusing on intersubjective and discursive processes.

    In relation to theorizing on religion and religious people this study offers empirical material that nuance a dichotomous understanding of ‘the religious’ and ‘the secular’. In relation to methodology it is argued that the salience of simultaneity in the material shows that when patterns of religiosity among semi-secular Swedes are studied there is a need to be attentive to expressions of complexity, contradiction and incongruity.

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  • 7.
    af Burén, Ann
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Multiplicity of religious self-descriptions among semi-secular Swedes2015In: Abstract Book: XXI Quinquennial World Congress of the Interna-tional Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), Erfurt, Germany, August 23-29, 2015, 2015, p. 280-Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 8.
    af Burén, Ann
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    New Religiosity in Contemporary Sweden: The Dalarna Study in National and International Context2017In: Temenos, ISSN 0497-1817, E-ISSN 2342-7256, Vol. 53, no 1, p. 184-186Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 9.
    af Burén, Ann
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Om överlämnanden2020In: Existentiella frågor i barns och ungas liv / [ed] Emma Hall; Bodil Liljefors Persson, Lomma: Föreningen Lärare i religionskunskap (FLR) , 2020, p. 11-19Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 10.
    af Burén, Ann
    Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History, Study of religions.
    Queer jihad: HBT-muslimer i väst2008In: Svensk religionshistorisk årsskrift, ISSN 0283-0302, Vol. 15, no 2006-2007, p. 120-137Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 11.
    af Burén, Ann
    Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History, Study of religions.
    Ramadan på ålderns höst2009In: Ramadan: en svensk tradition / [ed] Jenny Berglund & Simon Sorgenfrei, Lund: Arcus , 2009, p. 67-78Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 12.
    af Burén, Ann
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Sinnlig religion under covid-19-pandemin2021In: Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, Vol. 30, no 2-3Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 13.
    af Burén, Ann
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Sweden. Blurring boundaries: Patterns of contemporary religiosity2017In: Religion and Secularism in the European Union: State of Affairs and Current Debates / [ed] Jan Nelis; Caroline Sägesser; Jean-Philippe Schreiber, Bruxelles: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2017, p. 181-186Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 14.
    af Burén, Ann
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Var uppmärksam. Förundras. Berätta om det.: Om innehåll och form2021In: Religion, ISSN 2003-0932, p. 4-7Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 15.
    af Burén, Ann
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Vem kan vara muslim?2021In: Levd religion: praktiker i vardagen och didaktiska perspektiv / [ed] Emma Hall; Bodil Liljefors Persson, Lomma: Föreningen Lärare i religionskunskap (FLR) , 2021, p. 103-116Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 16.
    af Burén, Ann
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Thurfjell, David
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Koranen i plånboken: Islam som en materiell och marginell angelägenhetbland sekulariserade muslimer2023In: Religion, plats och identitet / [ed] Emma Hall; Bodil Liljefors Persson, Föreningen Lärare i religionskunskap , 2023, p. 56-66Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 17.
    Afrim, Gabriel
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    Hur porträtteras kvinnan i läroböcker inom ämnet religionskunskap?: En undersökning av läroböcker för årskurs 4–62020Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this research is to analyze how women are being portrayed through a gender perspective in three different textbooks. The purpose also includes a comparison between existing research in this field and this specific research to analyze whether there are any inequities between one another. The results that will be presented will answers the following issues:

    1. In what way are women being portrayed in text?

    2. In what way are women being portrayed through image?

    3. Are there any patterns between these four textbooks that can be distinguished, and if so, what are they?

    The methods that had been used to complete this study involved a quantitative and qualitative study. In addition, an image analysis has also been used to further stretch and resolve the issues. The result shows that women are portrayed as subordinate and less important in the textbooks that are being used in schools today, both in text and image. Yet some newer and modern textbooks do not favor women through a gender perspective.

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  • 18.
    Afshar, Tabassum
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies.
    "Det hade ju varit värre om det var gris": en jämförande studie om matreglerna inom islam2013Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Den här uppsatsen grundas på intervjuer med nio olika muslimer som praktiserar olika i frågan om matregler. Uppsatsens syfte är öka att förståelsen för de skillnader som finns vad gäller hur muslimer förhåller sig till sin religions matregler. Fokus har legat på alkohol- och grisförbudet.

    Resultatet har analyserats utifrån Anthony Giddens socialisationsteori samt diskuterats i förhållande till tidigare islamforskares förklaringar till dessa förbud. Resultatet visar att informanterna förhåller sig olika till alkohol och grisförbudet och att det framförallt beror på huruvida de har socialiserats in i att inte äta eller dricka de livsmedel, som uppsatsen behandlar, under sin barndom.

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  • 19.
    Ahlm, Daniel
    Södertörn University College, School of Gender, Culture and History.
    Xeper-i-Set: En studie i Temple of Sets ideologisk relation gentemot fornegyptisk religion2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Hur uppfattar Temple of Set sin relation till den fornegyptiska religionen och vilka aspekter anser de att deras moderna ockultism har gemensamt med eller har utvecklats från denna?

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  • 20.
    Ahmed, Munira
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    SKAMLIGT: andrafiering och stereotypisering i populärkulturen: En kvalitativ innehållsanalys om hur muslimer framställs i säsong 4 av SKAM2021Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to identify and problematize how Islam is portrayed in the popular culture television series SKAM. This essay will show the analysis of images of Islam and Muslims in SKAM and how the process of us-and-them society are shaped, and the study hopes to illustrate popular culture as a source of information for religion. To fulfill the purpose and questions of the essay, this study will use a postcolonial theory and a semiotic method.

    The questions at issue:

    -       How are Islam and Muslims portrayed in season 4 of SKAM?

    -       How can the images of Islam and Muslims that appear in the Tv series SKAM be understood and analyzed through a postcolonial theory? 

    The methods used in this essay were Roland Barthes methods of semiotics which is based on analyzing images, advertising, film, or other communicative situations that can be perceived or create meaning through the signs of spoken and written language. These signs can be analyzed on two levels which are known as connotations and denotations. The theory used in this essay was postcolonialism. Postcolonial theory is the study of how the power over different groups is maintained by creating a hierarchical order and separation through social and cultural notions. These social and cultural notions create stereotypes and designations that survive today e.g., laziness, violence, greed, and primitivism. This essay is analyzed using postcolonial theories such as Edward Said´s Orientalism, which is founded in the idea that a non-western culture i.e., the Orient is pushed aside and portrayed as stereotypical, alien, different, or inferior due to prejudices presented in society.

    The analysis of this essay shows, with the help of the theoretical perspective, that the question of whether "SKAM contributes or counteracts to the othering of Muslims in Nordic society?" does create a separation between the Nordic us and the Muslim them in society. This leads to the othering of Muslims in society. 

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  • 21.
    Akkawi, Jamil
    Södertörn University College, Lärarutbildningen.
    Islam i religionsboken: Framställningen av islam och muslimer i två religionsböcker för gymnasiet2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The main objective of this research was to examine description of Islam in two different schoolbooks about religion. The rapport starts with an introduction of the subject and discusses the background of the topic. After the presentation, aims, and the questions I present my methods and material used in this research. Following the method and material is earlier research where I mention some of the previous rapports and results of researchers within the discourse. The theory used to investigate the text is postcolonial and the orientalism theory presented by Edward Said.

    The intention of the research was to answer if the books representation contributed to an oriental description of Islam and Muslims and to see how the text and pictures where used and structured. Similar researches have been presented earlier but this rapport handles a completely new book and a reedited book. The first book is written by Lars-Göran Alm and is called “Religionskunskap A” this book has been published before and is commonly used in schools all around Sweden. The other book is written by Olov Jansson and Linda Karlsson and is called “Religionskunskap A, en mosaik” and had its first release in 2009. The result shows that the book written by Alm represents a more oriental description and the text structure leaves the reader sometimes confused and wanting more. Alm chooses to bring up subjects like Islamism and circumcision of girls but both books mentioned a willingness of Shia Muslims to commit suicidal bombings. Alm left out more spiritual aspects like religious holidays and Sufism. The other book written by Jansson and Karlsson had some tendencies to an oriental description of Islam but not in the same extent as Alm. Jansson and Karlsson also gave a clearer representation of a Swedish context, which made the religion more present and not as distant as Alm. Both books used pictures to complement the text and in most cases in Alms book the pictures were images of places and persons in other continents and countries then Europe and Sweden.

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  • 22.
    Aldala, Tasneem
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    Att navigera identitet: en kvalitativ intervjustudie om svenska muslimska kvinnliga konvertiter och att bli “den Andre”2023Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In this analysis, the aim is to investigate the embodiment and transmission of identity among Swedish female converts to Islam. The examination centers on the position these women occupy in both Swedish society and the Muslim community, and whether they experience a state of “in-betweenness” due to identity conflicts. The focus is also on how Swedish female converts, who are ethnically Swedish, can become perceived as “the Other” within their own society, rooted in concepts of “Swedishness”. Assessing the position of Muslim female converts in Sweden is crucial as they frequently confront prejudiced attitudes and discrimination from both Swedish society and the Muslim community. Simultaneously, they may be considered “traitors” by Swedish society due to their conversion to Islam, resulting in a complex identity conflict where these women find themselves situated between cultures and societies. Hence, finding themselves in a position of “in-betweenness”. This essay endeavors to shed light on the difficulties and opportunities that Swedish Muslim female converts encounter, as well as to examine how they navigate their identity in a Swedish context and how they undergo a transformation from being “part of the majority” to “the Other”.

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  • 23.
    Aminyar, Sara
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    "Lärare är inga trollkarlar": En kvalitativ intervjustudie ur sex religionslärares perspektiv om svårigheter och möjligheter med att undervisa om Islam2022Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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  • 24. Anderson, Allan H.
    et al.
    Westerlund, David
    Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History, Study of religions.
    Den världsvida pentekostalismen2012Book (Other academic)
  • 25.
    Andersson, Milton
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Religion och bortgången utav en närstående: Sorgens påverkan på tron2023Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study focuses on how a persons religious beliefs can change after the loss of a closely related person. This, (the loss of a closely related person), is something that many people have experienced, it´s a certainty that we all know someone who has lost a closely related person. Maybe we have even lost someone ourselves. This could be whomever, a mother, a father, a child or a close friend. Whomever that person may be, the loss of someone close to you comes with grief and accordning to some studies, (Haynes et al 2017; McGowan & Cook 2021), humans tend to use religiosity or spirituality as a way of coping with grief. This is what I am going to look closer on, not necessarily how people use religiosity or sprituality to cope with grief, but rather how the loss of a closely related person can come to affect ones beliefs. In order to do this I have chosen to do five interviews, four of them consist of people who have lost a closely related person and one of them consists of a priest who works within Svenska Kyrkan, (the Swedish Church). The interviews are semi-structured and of qualitative method to explore the experiences of my informants more deeply. The informants have been chosen from the purpose of the study which is to see (1) how ones religious beliefs can change after the loss of a closely related person, (2) how people with various earlier religious identities react in comparison to eachother and (3) how the informants experience that their beliefs changed over time. Thereby the result of the informants were as follows, two of the informants had a lack of earlier reported religious belief, however one of the two had reported slightly less lack of belief than the other. The other two participants reported both having a lengthy background within Christianity, however one of the two described their faith in a way that I intepreted as a stronger faith than the other participant. The priest was chosen to in order to find out if the knowledge of a person who deals with many people experiencing grief can give insight into how peoples beliefs might change after the loss of a closely related person. The results show that all of the informants reported some kind of change in their religious beliefs to varying degrees. The results also showed that the informats who reported a higher amount of previous faith tended not to experience as big of a change as the other participants, as their faith was simply solidified. Finally, the study shows that three out of four of the informants experienced that different thoughts and religious practises, such as prayer for the deceased person, was more common in the earlier stages of the loss.

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  • 26.
    Andersson, Niklas
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies.
    Innan omvändelsen: Skolgångens betydelse I C.S. Lewis Av Glädje Överfallen2023Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In this thesis I have studied the British author C.S. Lewis´s conversion story as it is presented in his autobiography, more specifically his schooling at Malvern College. I have chosen to study his school period since Lewis himself puts great value on how his youth and school period made him into the person who in the 1930s became a Christian, not only including but putting great emphasis on these events in his conversion story. The purpose of my study is to examine the importance of Lewis’s schooling at Malvern College and the relation it has to his conversion story as written in his autobiography. My focus question is, “Why does Lewis describe his school period in such detail in his conversion story?”. To analyze my material, Lewis’s autobiography, I use a hermeneutic method. To answer the focus question, I use Roy Baumeister´s theory of “self-presentation”, which argues that there are two types of motives regarding why individuals present themselves in a certain way; “pleasing the audience” and “self-construction”. The first motive is that the individuals present themselves in line with thoughts and expectations of a certain group. “Self-construction”, on the other hand, is when individuals present themselves to a general audience and they are motivated, with their presentation, to achieve their own goals. Based on my contextualization of the schooling as a part of the larger conversion story told in Lewis’ autobiography, and especially through my analysis of the part describing his time at Malvern College, as well as through earlier research on the topic, the following are examples of conclusions that I have made: in comparison to prior research, in which each researcher presented one conclusion each, Lewis writes about his schooling at Malvern College for different reasons depending on the context, depending on what Lewis wants to achieve in that part. I have also made a conclusion that even though Lewis takes a firm stand that the events in the book will only be included if they contribute to his conversion story the events, the part I have analyzed in this thesis, does not contribute to the story of how Lewis abandoned atheism and turned to Christianity.  

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  • 27.
    Antar, Susan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
    Kristen ortodoxi i svenska läroböcker: En analys av framställningen av ortodoxi i fyra läroböcker innan den nya läroplanen. LGR11 och GY11 och fyra efter2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study was to gain understanding of orthodox Christianity in Swedish educational material. The aim was to compare the presentation of orthodox Christianity towards pupils before the new curriculum and after. With the help of an analytical approach by Bergström and Boreu ́s and the interpretation strategy by Quentin Skinner, I have studied material used in school for the subject religion. I have limited my educational material in one way. The material that I have chosen is produced from the year 2003 until 2012. The goal is to recognize how orthodox Christianity is presented to Swedish pupil ́s. The result will contain a discussion about the ways a specific religion is represented in school, what kind of picture is created for this religion and if there is a difference in these presentations in a period of time.

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  • 28.
    Antoon, Diana
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    Religiösa ungdomars identitetsskapande och positionering i skolan: En kvalitativ intervjustudie av fyra ungdomars religiösa identitetsskapande2020Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Identity and identity formation affects all people in life. There has been done much research on what can develop human identity. There are also theories about how people develop their identity and which factors affect people's identity. The aim of this paper is to examine the factors that affect the identity of religious youth. The purpose is also to examine the significance and place of religion in the lives of the informants and how the Swedish school presents students' own religious tradition in religion studies in school. The study was conducted through a qualitative interview study with four high school students. Furthermore, the results have been analyzed in relation to Anthony Gidden’s theory of identity, Thomas Ziehe’s theory about identity, and the socialization theory.                      

    The result showed that religion is a big part of informants' lives. It has been stated that fasting, prayers, and religious attire are factors that affect the lives of the informants. Furthermore, it emerged that religion, family, society, school, and social media are factors that affect the identity development of the informants. It is also expressed that the Swedish school presents the students' own religious traditions in a foreign way for those students who do not belong to the majority religion, Christianity. The conclusion of this paper is that religion and faith, family, school, society, and the internalized world are factors that shape the informants' lives in how they develop their identity. 

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  • 29.
    Bacchar, Gabriella
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    Läroböcker i religionskunskap för gymnasieskolan - ur ett genusperspektiv: En undersökning av hur kvinnor inom kristendom och nyreligiositet framställs2020Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of the study is to examine how women in Christianity and new religious movements are presented in two textbooks, which were written after the introduction of the new curriculum in 2011 in religious studies in high school. The purpose is also to examine what values and norms are expressed in the textbooks and how they are in line with Gy11. The theoretical starting point will include the concepts of gender and gender equality, which will be defined on the basis of theories developed by Yvonne Hirdman, Jeanette Sky, Ingvild Saelid Gilhus and Lisbeth Mikaelsson. In the analysis of the textbooks, the so-called “gender staircase” will be used to categorize the level of gender awareness. The result shows the difficulty for authors to handle religions based on patriarchal structures in the preparation of teaching materials. The study also shows that the patriarchal structure is presented in the sections on Christianity, which are a central part of the education but in relation to new religious movements it shows a greater equality between the sexes

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  • 30.
    Barholm, Niklas
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Själens växt: En diskursanalytisk undersökning av synen på kunskap och kunskapsförmedling inom den svenska spiritismen2020Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This essay’s purpose is to explore the view on knowledge and transmission of knowledge in the Swedish, spiritualist movement during the turn of the century. The method is a critical discourse analysis of the texts of the spiritualist publication of Efteråt? between the years of 1899 and 1911. The theories applied to the subject are two; first the theories of Wouter J. Hanegraaff and his ideas about ”rejected knowledge” where some concepts during the course of history has been deemed true, and other concepts have been rejected. This process has often been the case in a ”battle of discourses” as is the case with the spiritualist discourse against the discourse of mainstream science. The second theory applied are the dynamics of power as presented by Michel Foucault and interpreted by Clare O’Farrell. This theory is also at the core of critical discourse analysis. 

    The analysis of the material makes it evident that the spiritualist movement walks a line between religion and science where they claim to transcend them both. The internal discourse both criticize mainstream science; not the methods per say, but the ideal of materialism and the lack of spirituality they perceive in the contemporary body of the church. The view on knowledge is heavily anchored in a concept of spirituality, being heralds of true science, and recognizing the inner, true potential of the human creature. The view on transmission of knowledge is centered around ideas of development of spirituality, the notion that the spirit-world can teach us everything and critique against the contemporary school system. 

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  • 31.
    Barholm, Niklas
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Öfvernormala företeelser och själsgåfvor: Maktdynamik inom den svenska spiritismen 1891–19222023Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to explore different power dynamics in the spiritualist movement of fin-de-siècle Sweden. The source material for this exploration is the spiritualist magazine of Efteråt, which was the main spiritualist magazine in Sweden at the time, in print between 1891–1922. The main material for this study is specifically the texts that fall under the genre of ”fictionalized witness-accounts” of supernatural phenomena. These witness accounts yield reoccurring tropes that are either actors, arenas, or narratives. The process of finding these tropes is made through discourse analysis as constructed by Norman Fairclough complemented using grammar and props as presented by Mattias Fyhr. The theoretical tools utilized are the framework of Luce Irigaray and the relationship between the subject and the object, the concept of receptivity as coined by Ann Cvetkovich, and finally the concept of heterotopia as coined by Michel Foucault.

    The relationship between a masculine subject and a feminine object is generally maintained throughout the source material. However, this dynamic is open to destabilization. This is especially prominent in the arena of the séance room, where perceived feminine volatility is both a liability and a resource. This also rises interesting perspectives concerning male mediums. This destabilization in further deepened when the concept of receptivity is applied and the relationship between the spirit world and the material world is come into question: where is agency situated? The last result concerns the spiritualist movement and its relationship to hegemonic society. With the help of the concept of heterotopia the different spiritualist rooms show what is deemed lacking in society at large, as well as the perceived functions they have within the movement.

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  • 32.
    Bchar, Jessy
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    Livsfrågor i religionskunskap: En läromedelanalys om livsfrågor i religionskunskap i gymnasieskolan2020Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this thesis was to study life questions (livsfrågor) in teaching materials in religious education in high school accordance to the curriculum before Lgy 11 and after. Also, what possibilities teaching materials gives teachers to teach about life questions. This study is based on a qualitative method and three different teaching materials in the field of religious education was analyzed. An interview with a teacher was also conducted in this study to include the teachers’ perspective. The results of the analysis of the teaching material show that the teaching materials has similarities between the teaching materials but they are also linked to the curriculum that was active during the time the material was written. The result from the interview with the teacher shows that the teacher experienced have possibilities to teach about life questions with support from teaching materials but also the curriculum. 

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  • 33.
    Bekkin, Renat
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Connections between Tatars in Petrograd-Leningrad and Finland during the 1920s and 1930s2020In: Studia Orientalia Electronica, E-ISSN 2323-5209, Vol. 8, no 2, p. 56-69Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Saint Petersburg served from the end of the nineteenth century as a transit point for Mishär Tatars moving to the Grand Duchy of Finland. At the beginning of the twentieth century, a small community had already formed in Finland, but its members maintained regular contacts with their relatives and connections in the Sergach district (Nizhny Novgorod province), Saint Petersburg and other regions. Contrary to common belief, these ties were not interrupted even after the October Revolution of 1917. Throughout most of the 1920s, Tatars and others crossed the Soviet-Finnish border illegally. Tatars living in independent Finland also sent considerable financial aid to theircontacts in Leningrad with the help of couriers.

    The nature of the ties between the Tatar emigrants in Finland and the Tatars of Leningrad can be illustrated by the materials of one criminal case. This case was instituted by the Soviet political police against representatives of the Tatar Muslim community in Leningrad in 1931. Only after several arrests and tightening border control was communication between the Tatars in Finland and Leningrad interrupted. I suggest that the Mishär Tatars in Leningrad and Finland constituted a single social and cultural space until the 1930s, when the connections between them were blocked. The ensuing divide had a large impact on the identity of the Tatars living in Finland, who began developing a separate Finnish Tatar identity just a few years after the termination of contacts.

  • 34.
    Bekkin, Renat
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Imam Yaqub Khalekov and the Muslim community in Soviet Petrograd-Leningrad2017In: Rossijskaja istorija, ISSN 0869-5687, no 1, p. 148-156Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 35.
    Bekkin, Renat
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions. Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.
    Merati, Simona E. (2017) Muslims in Putin's Russia. Discourse on Identity, Politics, and Security2018In: Государство, религия, церковь в России и за рубежом, ISSN 2073-7203, Vol. 36, no 1, p. 348-354Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 36.
    Bekkin, Renat
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Musulʹmane v sovetskom Petrograde--Leningrade (1917-1991) = Muslims in Soviet Petrograd - Leningrad (1917-1991)2017Book (Other academic)
  • 37.
    Bekkin, Renat
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    People of reliable loyalty…: Muftiates and the State in Modern Russia2020Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This dissertation presents a full-fledged portrait of the muftiate (spiritual administration of Muslims) in modern Russia. Designed initially for the purpose of controlling religious activity, over time the institution of the muftiate was appropriated by Muslims and became a key factor in preserving national identity for different ethnic groups of Tatars. In modern Russia numerous muftiates play the controversial role of administrative bodies responsible for the enforcement of some aspects of domestic and foreign policy on behalf of the state.

    Bekkin’s research focuses on muftiates in the European part of Russia, examining both their historical development and their functioning in the modern context. The analysis draws on academic literature, written and oral texts produced by the ministers of the Islamic religion, and archival sources, as well as numerous interviews with current and former muftis and other Islamic bureaucrats. Following Douglass North’s theory of institutions, the author distinguishes between the muftiate as an institution and the muftiate as a religious organization. In the first case the muftiate encompasses a set of rules (restrictions) that are both formal (reflected in the laws, charters of spiritual administrations of Muslims) and informal (not reflected in the legislation). Individual Islamic religious organizations (muftiates in a narrow sense) function according to these rules. By analyzing both the formal and informal precepts which regulate the status and the activity of spiritual administrations of Muslims in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, and continue to do so in modern Russia, the author makes an attempt to explain the viability of the institution of the muftiate.

    Basing himself in the theory of the economics of religion, the author treats Russian muftiates as firms competing in the Islamic segment of the religious market. He applies economic principles in analyzing how the muftiates interact with each other, with other religious organizations in Russia, and with the Russian state. The author provides his own classification of muftiates in Russia, depending on the role they play in the religious market.

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  • 38.
    Bekkin, Renat
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions. Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.
    The Central Spiritual Administration of theMuslims of Russia (TsDUM) and its strategy of subordinate partnership in dialogue withthe Russian Orthodox Church2017In: Context: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, ISSN 2303-6958, Vol. 4, no 2, p. 7-28Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Under conditions of competition with other federal muftiates, the Central Spiritual Administration of the Muslims of Russia (TsDUM) has developed adeliberate focus on maintaining good relations with the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC). This paper analyses the strategy of TsDUM and its mufti Talagat Tadzhuddin regarding the ROC. The author argues that Tadzhuddin’s actions indicate hemay be playing a more complicated game than his policy of cleaving closely to the ROC of itself suggests. Against researchers and experts who consider Tadzhuddin’s actions irrational, the author argues Tadzhuddin is a skilful strategist who has deliberat elydonned the mask of the holy fool (yurodivy). The author also offers a brief overview of the history of TsDUM in the 1990s and 2000s, exploring the reasons behind the disintegrative processes within the muftiate that began in 1992.

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  • 39.
    Bekkin, Renat
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Бер дуслык тарихы: Г. Баязитов hэм В.С. Соловьев2016In: Фэнни Татарстан, ISSN 2499-9741, no 3, p. 88-104Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [ru]

    В настоящей статье мы рассмотрели характер связей петербургского ахуна А. Баязитова в среде петербургских литераторов и ученых. Одной из фигур, с которой некоторые авторы вслед за поэтом и публицистом В.Л. Величко связывают имя Баязитова, был философ В.С. Соловьев. Мы попытались выяснить характер отношений между мусульманским богословом и христианским мыслителем.

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  • 40.
    Bekkin, Renat
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions. Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.
    Книга, в которой чего только нет (рецензия на: Флыгин Ю.С. Знаток Востока: Жизненный путь и научная деятельность академика Василия Владимировича Бартольда. Ташкент: Toron zamin ziyo, 2016. — 80 с.): [An Expert of the Orient: Life Scientific Activities of Academician Vasily Vladimirovich Bartold]2018In: Государство, религия, церковь в России и за рубежом, ISSN 2073-7203, Vol. 36, no 2, p. 364-370Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 41.
    Bekkin, Renat
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Tagirdzhanova, Almira
    Мусульманский Петербург: Исторический путеводитель. Жизнь мусульман в городе на Неве и в его окрестностях2016 (ed. 1)Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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  • 42. Bergdahl, Lovisa
    Public Education/Private Religion: Redefining Borders in Religious Education2009In: Your Heritage and Mine: Teaching in a Multi-Religious Classroom / [ed] Lena Roos & Jenny Berglund, Uppsala: [Religionshistoriska avdelningen, Uppsala universitet] , 2009, p. 60-67Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 43.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History, Study of religions.
    Al-ahbash2008In: Religion i Sverige / [ed] Ingvar Svanberg, David Westerlund, Stockholm: Dialogos , 2008, 1. uppl., p. 251-252Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 44.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    An Ethographic Eye on religion in Everyday life2014In: British Journal of Religious Education, ISSN 0141-6200, E-ISSN 1740-7931, Vol. 36, no 1, p. 39-52Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    There are many pitfalls associated with teaching about religions. Onesuch pitfall entails the risk of presenting religions as stereotypicalmonolithic systems; that is, all who belong to a particular religioustradition think and act in the same way. I like to call this sort ofstereotyping the ‘robotic tendency’ because it has a habit of reducingpractitioners to robot-like beings that uniformly perform identicalactions. This article concerns how the adoption of what I have termedan ‘ethnographic eye’ can help educators to avoid both unfortunatestereotypes and the robotic tendency when teaching about religions.

  • 45.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions. University of Warwick, Coventry, England.
    Continuity and Change: Experiences of Teaching Religious Education in the Light of a Life Trajectory of Hifz and Secular Education2017In: Religion & Education, ISSN 1550-7394, E-ISSN 1949-8381, Vol. 44, no 1, p. 88-100Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article, microhistory is used to (1) bring understanding to some of the educational, but also social and political questions that at present surround Muslims schools and Islamic Education in England; and (2) to question oft created dichotomy between Islamic and secular education, by bringing forward an educational journey, consistent of both Islamic education and secular education. The focus lies on the life of a British hafiz who works as a religious education teacher at a Muslim school in East London.

  • 46. Berglund, Jenny
    Det primära är inte att förstå: Koranundervisning i en svensk friskola2006In: Den mångtydiga skolan: Utbildning i det postmoderna samhället / [ed] Carl Anders Säfström, Lund: Studentlitteratur , 2006, p. 191-210Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 47.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History, Study of religions.
    Elitidrottarens ramadan2009In: Ramadan: en svensk tradition / [ed] Jenny Berglund & Simon Sorgenfrei, Lund: Arcus , 2009, p. 139-151Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 48.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History, Study of religions.
    Enriching teacher education with the content of Muslim cultures2012In: Building a shared future: Islam Knowledge and Innovation, London: British Council, 2012, p. 25-26Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 49.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History, Study of religions.
    Etnografiska glasögon på religion i vardagen2011In: Religionsdidaktik : mångfald, livsfrågor och etik i skolan / [ed] Malin Löfstedt, Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2011, p. 125-140Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 50.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History, Study of religions.
    Global questions in the classroom: The formulation of Islamic religious education at Muslim schools in Sweden2011In: Discourse. Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, ISSN 0159-6306, E-ISSN 1469-3739, Vol. 32, no 4, p. 497-512Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article focuses on the formulation of Islamic Religious Education (IRE) at two Swedish Muslim schools where fieldwork was conducted in 2005-2008. Its aim is to contribute knowledge to ways in which IRE is formed as a confessional school subject within the framework and under the jurisdiction of the Swedish school system. Even though the general content of the classrooms was fundamentally the same, specific variations were clearly evident. The paper shows that global discussions on matters such as ‘authentic Islam’, gender inequality, and Muslim minority life have influenced the teaching that has been offered in these classrooms. These discussions have developed out of the many ways in which contemporary Muslims can choose to express their faith. And although each teacher deals with these issues in her own unique way, they all attempt to connect them to the pupils’ situation as Muslims in Swedish society as well as to the national curriculum and local school syllabi. This leads to the concept of glocalisation, meaning that just as local conditions adapt to the influences of the global, so do global influences adapt to the conditions of the local. The paper demonstrates how the influences of interpretative tradition, local school context, situational perceptions and globally discussed issues work together to affect the content of IRE, meaning the type of interpretation of Islam that is provided in these schools.

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