Staff – University of Copenhagen

Simon Stjernholm

Simon Stjernholm

Associate Professor

Current research

My current research is primarily focused on Muslim oratory in Swedish. I investivate 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, multimodal discourse, religion in the public sphere, and uses of history. 

Primary fields of research

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

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


At the BA program in Religious Studies, I teach the introductory course in History of Religions as well as a course with combined focus on Islam's historical development and religion in Denmark. At the MA program in Religious Studies, I teach a course on theories and analytical strategies in the study of religions. 

Apart from these recurrent courses, I offer occasional elective courses for undergraduate and graduate students on a variety of topics, for example Representations of Muhammad (2016) and Sufism (2017). 

In addition, I contribute to other educations at the Faculty of Humanities, for example in Migration Studies.

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