The Religion research group examines how religious actors, ideas, and institutions influence social and political processes.​

Muslim Humanitarians and the SDGs - New Project Funded

Muslim humanitarian actors are increasingly recognized as important contributors in humanitarian and development efforts. In order to take the global partnership for development seriously, it is vital to understand this rapidly changing humanitarian landscape and how the whole range of humanitarian actors are working.

The new project, The Power of Ideas: Muslim Humanitarians and the SDGs (HUMA), will address this challenge. The project has today received 3 year funding from the NORGLOBAL Programme of the Research Council of Norway. 

Congratulations to project leader Kaja Borchgrevink and her project colleague at PRIO, Marta Bivand Erdal!

Praise for PRIO in Recent RCN Evaluations

The Research Council of Norway (RCN) has just launched the final report of an evaluation of social sciences in Norway (SAMEVAL), emphasizing that PRIO is one of only five institutions in Norway recognized for hosting a world leading social science research environment. Together with the evaluation of the humanities (HUMEVAL), and the evaluation of the social science institutes (INSTEVAL), both completed last year, this completes PRIO’s part in a thorough and thought-provoking process. The two subject-specific evaluations looked at the impact of research at the national, institutional and research group level, providing useful feedback and recommendations to PRIO’s different disciplines and (multi-disciplinary) research groups.

The three evaluations consistently demonstrate the recognition of PRIO as a leading academic environment, in Norway as well as internationally.

Seminar in Lahore on the Pakistani Diaspora in Norway

Kaja Borchgrevink and Marta Bivand Erdal gave a seminar on 'The Pakistani diaspora in Norway', at the Lahore School of Economics, Centre on International Migration, Remittances and Diaspora (CIMRAD), Monday 5 March 2018.

New Project on Islamic Finance and Housing

​Yesterday the Research Council of Norway (RCN) announced that the research project with the title "FINEX: Financial Exclusion, Islamic Finance and Housing in the Nordic Countries" has been successful in the RCN call "Welfare, Working Life and Migration (VAM)". 

Military Chaplaincy in an Era of Religious Pluralism

​At the very heart of the connections between the armed forces, religion, and society is the institution of military chaplaincy.

This new book, edited by Torkel Brekke & Vladimir Tikhonov, is among the first collective monographs dealing with chaplaincy — the key nexus between society, its religion(s), and its armed forces. A variety of contributions based on the materials from diverse Asian and Western societies demonstrates how chaplaincies both mirror the attitudes of their societies towards military and religion and contribute to shape them.

Reflections on 22 July

​On the five year anniversary of the 22 July terror attacks in Norway, PRIO researchers share their reflections.

Trond Bakkevig Awarded Prize

​​​Congratulations to Trond Bakkevig, who has been awarded the Gunnar Sønsteby Memorial Prize​ for his work with dialogue between religious leaders in the Middle East. He is awarded the prize alongside Deeyah Khan, a human rights activist and film-maker. The prize is awarded by the Gunnar Sønsteby Memorial Fund, to "people who are corageous defenders of fundamental democratic values" [mennesker som fremstår som modige forsvarere av de grunnleggende verdier i vårt demokrati].Trond Bakkevig has been associated with PRIO since 2005 and is an Associate Senior Researcher at PRIO since 2014.​

Religion, War, and Ethics

​​Published by Cambridge University Press, PRIO researchers Gregory M. Reichberg & Henrik Syse, with Nicole M. Hartwell, have edited a collection of primary sources from the world's major religions on the ethics of war.

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