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Simon Stjernholm

Simon Stjernholm

Associate Professor

Current research

My current research is primarily focused on mediated Muslim preaching in Swedish. My analyses investivate e.g. how preachers represent Islamic tradition, how personal narratives and experiences are used, and how current affairs and preachers' societal context are reflected. Central analytical themes are e.g. religious authority, religion in the public sphere, and uses of history in contemporary Islamic discourses. 

Primary fields of research

I have published research on e.g. the following topics: 

  • Contemporary Sufism, with particular focus on the Naqshbandi-Haqqani tariqa.
  • Mediated Muslim preaching in Swedish. 
  • Muslim political rhetoric. 
  • Hate crimes against religious communities. 


I regularly teach parts of the introductory course in History of Religions at BA level, parts of a BA level course with combined focus on Islam (historical and contemporary) and religion in Denmark, and an MA level course on the study of ritual and religious practice. 

During the spring semester 2016 I taught a course entitled Representations of Muhammad, while in the spring of 2017 I will teach a course (in English) dealing with contemporary and historical perspectives on Sufism. 

Moreover, I contribute to an MA level course on identity and migration. 

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