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The Syrian War

15 Feb 2016
The Syrian chaos triggered in 2011 is presently the world’s #1 problem. Join UofB's one day conference on the Syrian War on 15 February.

Tunisias uavklarte overgang?

11 Dec 2015
Den Tunisiske kvartetten for Nasjonal Dialog fikk Nobels fredspris for sitt demokratiseringsarbeid etter den arabiske våren. Ikke minst utmerket de seg gjennom bidraget med å få i havn landets nye grunnlov, som har vært nær ved å strande flere ganger. Kvartetten for Nasjonal Dialog har uten tvil spilt en viktig rolle i arbeidet med den nye grunnloven. Men har de mest av alt bidratt til å forflytte problemet til domstolene? Mye tyder på at tunisierne enda har de tøffeste debattene foran seg.

Reality defeats good intentions: The power of religious leaders in Touba

27 Nov 2015
Legislation is a widely used tool for increasing the number of women in politics. But laws seeking to promote gender parity come short in facing the ‘sociological realities’ in Senegal, as the case of the holy city of Touba shows.

Covering up a massacre in Angola?

19 May 2015 | Will the international community take a stand?
In mid-April 2015, news emerged about the killing of nine police-men in Angola's Huambo province. The incident involved the police and members of Juliano Kalupeteca's "Light of the World" religious sect. In the following days, grizzling reports emerged of a massacre of perhaps hundreds of sect members. We do not yet know the truth. Angola's government appears to do its utmost to prevent knowledge of it to transpire. Will the international community remain passive?

The balancing act of moderate Islamist politics in Tunisia

12 May 2015 | CMI Field Notes
Discussions over the role Islam should play in public life, are raging in Tunisia. A veiled Tunisair flight attendant caused uproar in the Tunisian Parliament recently, writes researcher Mari Norbakk from fieldwork in Tunis.

The Iran-US nuclear agreement: Beginning of a new era?

6 May 2015
If the nuclear framework agreement is to be the start of something bigger, the US and other Western countries need a vision beyond the fight against terrorism, argues Walter Posch at the National Defence Academy in Vienna. Recognizing the role of energy security and economy in the region may be key to long-lasting change.

Iran and the West: Coexisting and competing with an ideological challenge

9 Apr 2015
Iran's foreign policy is based on revolutionary, Islamist and nationalist principles. Contradictions are solved according to "expedient interests of the system." What are the prospects of reconciliation with the West?

Hamas - between radicalism and pragmatism

2 Mar 2015 | PhD Defence
In January 2006, Hamas won the parliamentary elections in Gaza. The road to power has been paved with ideological and organizational changes. What was once a mere militia is now a crucial actor in Palestinian domestic politics, as well as in Palestinian-Israeli relations.

Regulating religion in secular Europe: Criminalizing religious practice?

12 Nov 2014 | BreakfastForum
Christine Jacobsen, SKOK, and Malcom Langford, CMI, in conversation with Åse Gilje Østensen.

Striving for change

30 Jun 2014
Reem Abbas is impatient. -We are always told that we have to wait. Building the nation needs to come first, women´s rights come second. The young generation of activists is tired of being told to wait, she says.

Rebuilding Somalia's Failed State: Alternative scenarios

8 May 2014
Is Somalia a failed state? Where can Somalia go from here and how can the country be rebuild?

Prosecutions, Politics and Transitions How criminal justice in the Arab Spring is shaping transitional justice

6 May 2014
This panel will address the question of the prosecution of political leaders in the Arab region, with a focus on four countries whose leaders were ousted during the Arab Spring uprisings: Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen.

Cancelled: Islamic Reform in South Asia

12 Feb 2014 | BreakfastForum
Caroline Osella (SOAS) and Knut Axel Jacobsen (UiB) in conversation with Åse Gilje Østensen (Royal Norwegian Naval Academy).

Pisking av kvinner i Sudan

9 Oct 2013
I dagens Aftenposten rapporteres det om den sudanske aktivisten Amira Osman Hamed som ble arrestert i august for å ha nektet å ta på seg hijab. Nå risikerer hun 40 piskeslag for «usømmelig eller umoralsk påkledning».

The military chooses the people

27 Jun 2013 | Egypt crisis
The Egyptian military has a long history of safeguarding the Egyptian people from oppressive regimes. As the Morsi-government fails to curb the economic decline and growing unemployment, the Egyptian people once again turn their attention to the military in hope of rescue.

CSR in the Arab World: A mission impossible?

25 Feb 2013
CSR is on the rise in the Arab World, but the initiators find it difficult to root the concept beyond the ranks of state-owned enterprises and crony capitalists. - When CSR projects are initiated in Arab countries, they do not enter an empty void. Many businessmen have pre-existing conceptions of social responsibility, originated in Islam, says CMI-researcher Kjetil Selvik.

Preserving religious culture for future generations

17 Dec 2012
The ravages of time had nearly destroyed the invaluable collection of books and manuscripts kept in the Riyadha Mosque on Lamu in Kenya. A meticulous digitalization project has saved and preserved the material for future generations.

Iranian industry in limbo

26 Nov 2012
A thwarted industrial policy, poor economic governance and external tensions have brought Iran's industrial class to the brink of extinction. They are trapped in between the revolutionary rhetoric of the Islamic republic and unfulfilled attempts of economic pragmatism.

Allahu Akbar: A Friday in Khartoum

17 Oct 2012 | Liv Tønnessen blogs from Sudan:
I am sipping to my coffee as I am listening to the local imam through the loudspeaker as he addresses his congregation inside the mosque.

Religious minorities in the Middle East

20 Feb 2012 | Literary salon
Literary Salon with Anne Sofie Roald and Turid Smith Polfus.

Faith-based food justice

6 Jan 2012 | Nefissa Naguib blogs from Cairo:
Our faith drives us. We do our work with respect and humility. Our aim is to facilitate the distribution of food for every Egyptian who needs it, without discrimination between women or men, Muslim or Christian."

Visualizing Belief and Piety in Iranian Shiism

15 Dec 2011 | Seminar
Literary salon: Ingvild Flaskerud and Håkan Rydving discuss representations of prophets and saints in Islam.

Tawakkul Karman: En nobel kvinnes kamp

9 Dec 2011 | Fredsprisen 2011
I den arabiske verden må kvinnene kjempe for sin frihet både mot autoritære regimer og mot patriarkalske menn som vil ha dem ved kjøkkenbenken. Nobelpris-vinner Tawakkul Karman beskyldes for å være både usømmelig og uislamsk i hjemlandet Jemen.

Ja til økt innvandring

2 Dec 2011 | Kronikk
Norge bør ta i mot flere ikke-vestlige innvandrere, og det er gode grunner til å være integreringsoptimist.

Contesting women's rights in Sudan

30 Nov 2011
The Sudanese government rejects ratification of CEDAW, the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. They do this in the name of Islam.

"Women's fight against violence and for justice in northern Sudan"

26 Aug 2011 | Student Scholarship
A scholarship is offered to a master student in social sciences, law or gender studies to conduct fieldwork and write a master thesis on a topic related to gender based violence in northern Sudan.

Archaeology, Exclusion and Conflict in Jerusalem: Silwan and the City of David

9 May 2011 | Seminar:
The manipulation of archaeology to rationalize exclusive nationalist and ethnic claims of primacy persist. Bert de Vriers presents the case of the creation of the City of David as an archaeological park by the Elad settler organization in the mostly Palestinian community of Silwan.

Sima Samar: Human Rights, Reintegration and Reconciliation in Afghanistan

15 Mar 2011 | The Christian Michelsen Lecture 2011
We need dialog and negotiation, but we also need accountability and justice. Dr. Sima Samar gives the 2011 Christian Michelsen lecture.

Transforming Identities and New Representations of Muslims in Contemporary Ethiopia

22 Sep 2010 | Workshop
Leading international scholars meet to discuss the transformation of Muslim identities and the production of new representations and imaginations of Islam and Muslims in Ethiopia.

Nahr el-Bared talks back

20 May 2010 | Film screening
On 20th May 2007, fighting broke out between the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and a new militia group calling itself Fatah al-Islam based in Nahr el-Bared, a Palestinian refugee camp near Tripoli, North Lebanon. After 15-weeks of intense bombardment, the camp was reduced to rubble and more than 30,000 residents made homeless. Despite plans to rebuild the ruined camp, the displaced families live under dire conditions and face an uncertain future.

Muslimer i nye samfunn

20 Jan 2010 | Ny bok:
Anne Sofie Roald har skrevet bok om det multikulturelle Sveriges utfordringer; om spenninger mellom assimilasjon og autonomi, mellom individuelle og kollektive kulturelle rettigheter.

Sharia and Human Rights

26 Nov 2009 | Workshop
This seminar will elaborate on the relationship between sharia and human rights. Is Islam compatible with human rights? What are the implications of the struggles of contemporary Islamic feminists and Muslim human rights activists on both the concept of sharia and human rights? What are the challenges and consequences?

Valgkrisen: Problemet er systemet

5 Nov 2009 | Kronikk i Dagbladet 5 November 2009
Valgkrisen i Afghanistan var bisarre til det siste. President Hamaid Karzai - utskjelt som korrupt leder og valgfusker i stort format - ble utropt til vinner av sin egen valgkommisjon mens gratulasjonene strømmet inn fra vestlige hovedsteder og FNs Ban Ki-Moon fløy inn personlig.

Women and Islamic Civil Society

27 Nov 2008 | New PhD Scholarship
Hilde K.Kjøstvedt has won a PhD scholarship at CMI. Her PhD-project will focus on women in Islamic civil society organisations in the occupied Palestinian West Bank.

Conversation on "New Industries of Spirituality and Violence"

5 Jun 2008 | CMI Seminar
Over the past decade, the study of so-called religious violence has evolved into a veritable cottage industry. Taking a critical view of the 'religious violence industry', this CMI seminar brings together two scholars, Faisal Devji and Kathinka Frøystad, whose historical and ethnographically informed research engages directly with the issues of 'religion' and 'violence.'

Minorities in the Middle East

23 May 2008 | CMI Workshop and lectures:
Professor Kais M. Firro holds the opening lecture. Minority politics, minority community dynamics, and relations between members of majority and minority religious communities in the Middle East from a historical and a contemporary perspective.

Decommissioning in Northern Ireland and Lebanon

5 Sep 2007 | CMISeminar
Why has the issue of decommissioning proved so difficult and divisive in these two deeply divided societies? Dr. Michael Kerr is a specialist in ethnic conflict regulation and power-sharing in divided societies.

The Political Situation in Iran

13 Jun 2007 | Seminar with Moosavi Karimi and Ahmad Irvani
Irvani is professor of Islamic Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and Karimi is director of the Human Rights Center at Mofit University in Qom.

Islam and Muslims in the West

15 Nov 2006
What does the new politics of security mean for Muslims? Associate Professor Michael Humphrey has published widely on the themes of ethnic identity, Islam, globalization, refugees, law, terrorism, war, human rights and reconciliation. His current research projects are concerned with atrocity, healing, national reconstruction and reconciliation.

"Insulting the Prophet"

7 Nov 2006
Faisal Devji will speak about the recent protests over the Pope's comments about the Prophet and the Danish cartoon rows. Why has these events made Muslims worldwide so angry?

Human Rights Forum

21 Feb 2006
Karin Ask: " Engendering of female rights in Afghanistan - Theorizing the local/global interface" Sindre Bangstad: "Islam Imprisoned: Transformations in Religious and Human Rights for Muslim Prisoners in a Prison in Cape Town, South Africa 1994-2004"