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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.
    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.))
  • 3.
    af Burén, Ann
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Blurring boundaries: patterns of religiosity in contemporary Sweden2015Other (Other academic)
  • 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 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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  • 6.
    af Burén, Ann
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Minnet av min kropp i grottklostret i Kiev2020In: Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, E-ISSN 2001-1377, Vol. 41, no 3, p. 73-82Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 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 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)
  • 11.
    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)
  • 12.
    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.))
  • 13.
    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)
  • 14.
    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)
  • 15.
    Andersson, C.
    et al.
    Malmö University, Sweden.
    Carlström, Charlotta
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Swedish poly utopia: Dreams, revolutions, and crushed hopes2022In: Sexualities, ISSN 1363-4607, E-ISSN 1461-7382Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Polyamory means having a sexual and/or intimate relationship with more than one person at a time. In this study, we use in-depth interviews with 22 persons in Sweden who have experience of polyamorous or non-monogamous relationships to explore how polyamory can include imagining utopian relationships and spaces. Thematic analysis was done which indicated narratives of politically invested attempts to create communal living or societal change that resists capitalist and heteronormative nuclear-family arrangements as well as stories of everyday events that do not explicitly involve political ambitions. The range of utopian dreams and practices of the non-monogamous participants in our study, we argue, are examples of what Muñoz calls concrete utopias, filled with joy and laden with disappointment in the face of potentiality and reality.

  • 16.
    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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  • 17.
    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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  • 18.
    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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  • 19.
    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.

  • 20.
    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)
  • 21.
    Bekkin, Renat
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Leonid Fituni, Irina Abramova: Islam, Global Governance and a New World Order2020In: Central European Journal of International and Security Studies, ISSN 1802-548X, E-ISSN 1805-482X, Vol. 14, no 3, p. 92-97Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 22.
    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)
  • 23.
    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)
  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    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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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    Bekkin, Renat
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    История татаро-мусульманской общины советского Петрограда–Ленинграда (1917– 1991 гг.) по материалам государственных и частных фотоархивов2016In: Государство, религия, церковь в России и за рубежом, ISSN 2073-7203, Vol. 4, p. 118-147Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article looks into the history of Muslim community of Petrograd Leningrad during the Soviet time. The author pays special attention to its little-known and understudied aspects by referring to a wide range of sources from oral memoirs to diary extracts. Of particular importance are photographic materials from state and private photo archives. The picture helps to provide a broader view of the history of Muslim community, both from the standpoint of a photographer and through the eyes of believers themselves. Special focus is made on the life of the two imam-khatibs of the Leningrad Cathedral Mosque: Yakub Halekov and Hafiz Mahmutov. The author examines how official and unofficial leaders and institutions governing TatarMuslim community in Leningrad and a number of towns in the Leningrad region emerged and worked. Some photographs coming from private archives often serve as a starting point for a broader study of forms of Islam in the Soviet Union.

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  • 28.
    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)
  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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.

  • 31.
    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.

  • 32.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Education Policy – A Swedish Success Story?: Integration of Newly Arrived Students Into the Swedish School System2017Report (Other academic)
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  • 33.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Hunden i ett mångreligiöst samhälle2014In: Från renhållningshjon till modeaccessoar: 10 000 år av relationer människa-hund i Sverige / [ed] Anne-Sofie Gräslund och Ingvar Svanberg, Uppsala: Swedish Science Press, 2014, p. 153-169Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 34.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Islamic Education in Europe: An Opportunity for Equal Rights or a Way to Control Islam?2018In: Public Theology, Religious Diversity, and Interreligious Learning: Contributing to the Common Good Through Religious Education / [ed] Manfred L. Pirner; Johannes Lahnemann; Werner Haussmann; Susanne Schwarz, New York: Routledge, 2018, p. 158-170Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Islamic religious education (IRE) in Europe has become a topic of intense public debate. People are concerned that their state is doing either too little or too much when it comes to shaping the spiritual beliefs of private citizens. State response to the unease has ranged from sponsoring Islamic education in public schools to forgoing such education entirely-with policies varying according to national political culture. On the one hand, the emergence of publicly funded IRE in Europe can be seen as a positive development, affording educational equivalency to Muslims and other religious minorities through partnerships with the state. On the other hand, publicly funded IRE can be seen as an attempt to control Muslims and “domesticate” Islam by bringing it within the sphere of the established educational system. This paper explores this apparent contradiction by discussing it in terms of state-church relations in different European countries. It also argues that comparative studies of publicly funded minority education can provide a type of litmus test of the broader relationship between various Western democracies and their minority populations. 

  • 35.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Islamic Education in Sweden2013In: Islamic Education in Secular Societies / [ed] Aslan, Ednan & Rausch, Margaret, Framkfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2013, p. 163-181Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 36.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Islamic identity and its role in the lives of young Swedish Muslims2013In: Contemporary Islam, ISSN 1872-0218, E-ISSN 1872-0226, Vol. 7, no 2, p. 207-227Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 37.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Islamic Religious Education in Muslim Schools: A Translation of Islam to the Swedish School System2016In: Religious Education in a Global-Local World / [ed] Jenny Berglund; Yafa Shanneik; Brian Bocking, Cham: Springer, 2016, p. 109-121Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In the literature about Islamic religious education (IRE), the process of teaching Islam to the younger generation is often referred to as “transmitting Islam”. Obviously, there are certain “facts” that often are transmitted from one generation to another, such as names of prophets, the five pillars of Islam and the words of the Quran. But what significance and meaning these persons and concepts have is not necessarily “transmitted”. In this paper, I argue that using the concept of “transmitting” brings about several problems, such as giving a static view of the process of Islamic education, thereby neglecting the contextualisation that is an important part of all teaching. Drawing on Homi Bhabha, I instead suggest that the concept of translation is more accurate to what teachers of Islamic religious education do, since translation includes notions of interpretation and thereby shows the power teachers have when they make educational choices. The empirical material used in the chapter stems from fieldwork in Swedish Muslim schools.

  • 38.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Islamic Religious Education in State Funded Muslim Schools in Sweden: A Sign of Secularization or Not?2014In: Tidsskrift for islamforskning, E-ISSN 1901-9580, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 275-301Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article the establishment of publicly funded Muslim schools in Sweden is described and analysed. This is done by reference to relevant debates about these schools as well as to the content of the extracurricular subject Islamic Religious Education (IRE), which is what distinguishes a Muslim school from other schools in Sweden. The article also raises the question to what extent the appearance of IRE within publicly funded Muslim schools implies that Islam in the Swedish context is turning into what José Casanova has termed a ‘deprivatized public religion’. It claims that Islam to a certain extent tends to be viewed as deprivatized even though it is not articulated in this way in schools. The conclusion drawn in relation to the study presented in this chapter is that Islam is rather following the Swedish secularization pattern and is not viewed as an alternative societal order which instead would indicate a de-privatization.

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  • 39.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    On the Borders: Religious Education in Northern Europe2016In: Usuteaduslik ajakiri, ISSN 1406-6564, Vol. 69, no 1, p. 9-24Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Around the world, many schools are situated close to a territorial border. In such a situation it is possible, and in some areas probable, that students and teachers interact with people from the other side of the territorial border on a daily or weekly basis. These interactions influence peoples’ lives, but how do they affect education? Does a close relation to a territorial neighbour mean that the culture and religion of the territorial Other is taken into consideration in teaching? Or is education, despite the recommendations on the supranational level, a purely national product?  These issues are addressed in this paper, which empirical material comes from on a cross disciplinary project focusing on religious education in four border areas around the Baltic Sea.

  • 40.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Princely Companion or Object of Offense?: The Dog’s Ambiguous Status in Islam2014In: Society and Animals, ISSN 1063-1119, E-ISSN 1568-5306, Vol. 22, no 6, p. 545-559Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Negative attitudes toward dogs are common in Muslim societies. Thus, in studying both past and present Muslim writings on dogs, a contradictory picture emerges, indicating that Muslim attitudes toward dogs have had their ambiguities. At times the dog has been presented as the lowest, filthiest, and vilest of creatures, and at times the dog appears as a perfect role model, exemplifying qualities like loyalty, devotion, and self-sacrifice. There are signs that attitudes toward dogs are changing in some Muslim soci-eties. One such sign is that an increasing number of people in Muslim countries are now keeping dogs as companion animals. The following research will be used to highlight ambiguities as well as changes in order to not only better understand the position of the dog within Islam, but also to provide a very concrete example of how interpretations of religions are not isolated or single but are dependent on context.

  • 41.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Publicly Funded Islamic Education in Europe and the United States2015Report (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Islamic religious education in the United States and Europe has become a subject of intense debate after Muslims raised in the West carried out attacks against their fellow citizens. People worry their governments are doing too little or too much to shape the spiritual beliefs of private citizens. In a new analysis paper, Jenny Berglund explains the differences in publicly funded Islamic education in nine European countries and the United States. 

    Berglund lays out the religious education framework of each country and explains the state policies governing the teaching of Islam in public schools. State involvement, Berglund writes, ranges from sponsoring religious education in public schools to forgoing it entirely. The policies vary according to the national political culture of each country, as well as the historical and religious norms that shape public perceptions and debates over religious education. 

    In Germany and Austria, many public schools teach Islam to Muslims as a subject within a broader religious curriculum in which parents can choose their students’ religious courses. In the United Kingdom and Sweden, public schools teach Islam as an academic subject, and train teachers through comparative religious studies departments in universities. French and U.S. public schools do not teach religion, although students can lean about Islam in subjects such as art, history, or literature.

    Despite the diversity of these approaches, Berglund notes three good practices that apply across the board:

    1. Establishing rigorous academic standards of training for teachers of religious education courses.
    2. Providing factual textbooks informed by academic scholarship, both for Islamic religious education and non-confessional school subjects that teach about Islam. 
    3. Building upon current curricular and pedagological best practices through international exchange and dialogue of scholars.

    By adopting these practices, Berglund argues, governments can further their citizens’ knowledge of important aspects of the human experience and promote inclusive citizenship and respect.

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    Publicly Funded Islamic Education in Europe and the United States
  • 42.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Redaktören hälsar2014In: Religion och Livsfrågor, ISSN 0347-2159, no 3, p. 4-5Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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  • 43.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Secular normativity and the religification of Muslims in Swedish public schooling2017In: Oxford Review of Education, ISSN 0305-4985, E-ISSN 1465-3915, Vol. 43, no 5, p. 524-535Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article suggests that the secular norms which influence much of the Swedish school system silence the voices and experiences of young Muslims who also attend Islamic supplementary education. It is based on interviews with 20 Muslim students in Sweden who reflected on their experiences of attending supplementary Islamic education in parallel to their secular schooling. Despite the variety of Islamic education reported by the students, they all held in common that they had learned to read and memorise the Quran as part of their Islamic education. A majority of the students reported that they avoid mentioning their Islamic education classes and their memorisation skills in secular schools since the reaction of teachers has proved to be negative. Those who mentioned that they attended supplementary religious education classes were immediately classified as ‘too religious’, a category that most wanted to avoid. The article shows that to memorise a sacred text stands in stark contrast to much of the educational ideals that prevail in Swedish modern schooling, where a discourse of secular normativity prevails. By using an identity economics model I show that what is perceived as prestigious and rewarding in the Muslim context risks being turned into a cost in the setting of a secular school.

  • 44.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Singing and Music: A Multifaceted and Controversial Aspect of Islamic Religious Education in Sweden2014In: Reforms in Islamic Education: International Perspectives / [ed] Charlene Tan, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014, p. 211-230Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 45.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Sweden’s protests against Islamophobia highlight the polarised views of Swedish citizens toward Muslims2015Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    Protests have taken place in Sweden in recent weeks following a number of arson attacks on mosques in the country. Jenny Berglund writes on Sweden’s Muslim community and the varying attitudes among the Swedish population toward Islam. She notes that while there is evidence of increasing numbers of hate crimes against Swedish Muslims, the picture is complex, with a strong body of public opinion existing which is supportive of religious freedom and immigration.

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  • 46.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Swedish religion education: Objective but Marinated in Lutheran Protestantism?2013In: Temenos, ISSN 0497-1817, E-ISSN 2342-7256, Vol. 49, no 2, p. 165-184Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article, I use the experience of a Czech doctoral student to discuss why religion education in Sweden can be understood as both deeply Lutheran and at the same time neutral and objective. In do- ing this, I look at the present syllabus in religion education, point to some of the changes that have been made in relation to the previous syllabus, and highlight some of the controversies that arose when it was written in 2010. I also put Swedish religion education and Swed- ish educational system in a historical context, pointing to its relation to liberal theology and cultural Protestantism. In addition, I present how teacher education is organized for religion education teachers and how the academic Study of Religions has been an important part of this during recent decades. At the end of the article I reflect upon the protestant taste of Sweden’s ‘non-denominational and neutral’ religion education.

  • 47.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Teaching Orthodox religious education on the border2014In: British Journal of Religious Education, ISSN 0141-6200, E-ISSN 1740-7931, Vol. 36, no 3, p. 282-297Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In geographical areas bordering those of other states, the function of educational systems, as the means for states to foster their citizens, is challenged by ambiguities and tensions connected to intercultural experiences. In this article, I illustrate some of the findings from a project that studies religious education in four border areas around the Baltic-Barents Sea, by bringing forward the case of a school teacher who teaches Orthodox religious education (ORE), in a town in Finland close to the border with Russia. Thus, the aim is to present and discuss ORE in Finland as well as to understand what implication the border situation can have on religious education.

  • 48.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    The Quest for Gender Equality and Empowerment among Ibrahim's Daugthers2013In: The 2nd International Khadija Conference Journal 2013, Kista: Kista Folkhögskola , 2013, Vol. 2, p. 7-14Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper concerns strategies for gender equality and empowerment based in religious texts and ideals within the so called Abrahamic religions. It begins by showing similarities between Jewish, Christian and Muslim equality strategies and based on these it suggests an Abrahamic “action plan” for equality. Some examples of how Swedish Muslims have sought gender equality and empowerment through Islam is then presented as well as a discussion on how and why some think the concept of feminism is useful to describe equality aspirations while others prefer to avoid it. Finally, the paper summarizes and discusses how knowledge about “Ibrahim’s daughters” can include, support and strengthen the position of Muslims women in the Swedish society and elsewhere.

  • 49.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    The Study of Islamic Education: A Litmus Test on State Relations to Muslim Minorities2017In: Method and Theory in the Study of Religion: Working Papers from Hannover / [ed] Steffen Führding, Brill Academic Publishers, 2017, p. 232-258Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper I argue that it is possible to understand publicly funded religious education as a litmus test for church-state-society relations and that the specific study of publicly funded Islamic education can be seen as a litmus test for the relation between various Western democracies and their Muslim minority populations.[1] I will compare and analyze state funded Islamic education in eight European countries pointing to the transformations and adaptations that Muslim communities have, on different levels, done to fit into each educational setting. The presentation shows that issues of integration, social cohesion, but also Islamophobia in each national setting affect what in the end becomes Islamic education.

  • 50.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Vad studerar vi som religion?: Rami Shaaban om elitfotboll och muslimsk fasta2014In: Zlatan Frälsaren och andra texter om religion och idrott: en festskrift till David Westerlund / [ed] Susanne Olsson, Olof Sundqvist & David Thurfjell, Farsta: Molin & Sorgenfrei , 2014, p. 278-295Chapter in book (Other academic)
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