Staff – University of Copenhagen

Brian Arly Jacobsen

Brian Arly Jacobsen

Associate Professor

Current research

  • Power of the Mosques - a three-year research project, fundet by the Independent Research Fund Denmark | Humanities.
  • Religion and localpolitic in Denmark.
  • The role of religion in the public sphere. A comparative study of the five Nordic countries (NOREL). Thematic group: Religion and State - Religion on official occasions. ( Finished
  • Muslims in Denmark an Europe. Organizations, institutions and the politization of Islam in the public sphere.

Primary fields of research

  • The relation between politics and religion in Danmark 1900-2010
  • Migration and religion in Danmark
  • Muslims and Islam in Denmark/Europe
  • Demography of Religion
  • The relation between state, nation and religion
  • Religion among Danes abroad
  • Civil religion in a Danish perspective


  • Sociology of religion
  • Minorities, religion and society
  • Religion and the Nationstate
  • Civil religion in Denmark
  • Politics and religion
  • Discourse analyses
  • Quantitative methods in the sociology of religion
  • Qualitative methods in the sociology of religion
  • Innovation in humanities

Fields of interest

In addition to the research and teaching areas:

  • Policies of religion
  • Research Policy
  • Education policy

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Hellige bygninger på grænsefladen i dansk kommunalpolitik

    Jacobsen, B. A. 15 Jun 2015 In : Religionsvidenskabeligt Tidsskrift. 62, p. 91-105 15 p., 8

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  2. Published

    Islam and Muslims in Denmark

    Jacobsen, B. A. 1 Jan 2015 After Integration: Islam, Conviviality and Contentious Politics in Europe. Burchardt, M. & Michalowski, I. (eds.). 1 ed. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, p. 171-186 16 p. (Islam und Politik ).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

  3. Published

    Muslim Population Trends in Western Europe

    Jacobsen, B. A. 1 Jun 2014 Oxford Islamic Studies Online. Esposito, J. L., DeLong-Bas, N. J., Akhavi, S., Kalin, I., Piscatori, J., Sonn, T. & Voll, J. O. (eds.). 2 ed. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 7 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEncyclopedia chapter

  4. Published

    Istedgade overgiver sig aldrig!: Civilreligion i skyggen af efterkrigstidens nationalisme

    Jacobsen, B. A. 27 Aug 2013 Civilreligion i Danmark: Ritualer, myter og steder. Warburg, M., Larsen, S. E. & Schütze, L. M. (eds.). Højbjerg: Forlaget Univers, p. 179-198 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

  5. Published

    De politiske partiers religionspolitik

    Jacobsen, B. A. 10 Oct 2012 Fremtidens danske religionsmodel. Christoffersen, L., Iversen, H. R., Kærgård, N. & Warburg, M. (eds.). Frederiksberg: Forlaget Anis, p. 217-236 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Selected activities

  1. Institutrådet for Institut for Tværkulturelle og Regionale Studier (External organisation)

    Jacobsen, B. A. (Member)
    1 Apr 2013

    Activity: MembershipMembership in committee, council, board

  2. Religionsvidenskabeligt Tidsskrift (Journal)

    Jacobsen, B. A. (Member of Editorial Board)
    1 Jan 2015 → …

    Activity: ResearchEditor of Research journal

  3. Tidsskrift for Islamforskning (Journal)

    Jacobsen, B. A. (Editor)
    15 Jan 2005 → …

    Activity: CommunicationEditor of Research journal

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