Cecilie Endresen

Associate Professor - Study of Religion
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Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 P. A. Munchs hus 0371 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1010 Blindern 0315 Oslo

Academic interests

  • Islam and pluralism in Europe 
  • Christianity and politics
  • Religion, politics and identity in Southeast Europe
  • Islam and Christianity in the Balkans
  • Religion among the Albanians
  • Religion and globalization
  • Secularisation and religious change
  • Alternative religion, New age spirituality and new religious movements

Ongoing research

At present, I explore emerging forms of alternative religion in the Balkans, encounters between new age spirituality and Islam, and religious change among Albanian migrants, as part of MUSLIM+/- and ALTERNATIVE MUSLIMS, sub-projects of Mobile Muslims/Invisible Islam which I manage together with my colleague Ragnhild J. Zorgati.

Higher education and employment history

Courses taught

Tags: History of Religion, Islam and Christianity in Southeast Europe, Religion and politics, Religious pluralism, Albanian, Nationalism


  • A Fantastic People and Its Enemies: An Analysis of an Emerging Albanian Mythology,In Asbjørn Dyrendal; Egil Asprem & David G Robertson (ed.),  Handbook of Conspiracy Theory and Contemporary Religion.  Brill Academic Publishers.  ISBN 978-90-04-38150-6.  Chapter 15.  s 343 - 360.
  • “Norway, religion and the United Nations». (Co-author: Ingrid Vik.) Religion, State and the United Nations: Value Politics. Anne Stensvold (ed.).New York: Routledge, 2017. p. 170-184.
  • «Faith, Fatherland, or both? Accommodationist and neo-fundamentalist Islamic discourses in Albania», The revival of Islam in the Balkans. Arolda Elbasani and Olivier Roy (eds.). Palgrave, 2015. http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/the-revival-of-islam-in-the-balkans-arolda-elbasani/?K=9781137517838
  • «The nation and the nun: Mother Teresa, Albania’s Muslim Majority and the Secular State», Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations 1/2015, p. 53-74. dx.doi.org/10.1080/09596410.2014.961765. 
  • «Status report Albania 100 years: symbolic nation-building completed?», Strategies of Symbolic Nation-building in South Eastern Europe. Pål Kolstø (ed.). Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate, 2014, p. 201-226. www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472419163. 
  • «Diversiteti fetar në teori dhe praktikë: Qasja e klerikëve shqiptarë ndaj ritualeve të familjes dhe jetës», Përpjekja 32/2014. (Translation by Arbana Rexhepaj.) 
  • «One object, several definitions. The Albanian ‘church-mosque’ dispute», Annuario  2013, p. 39-60.
  • «Raporti për gjendjen në Shqipëri në 100 vjet: Përfundimi i kombformimit simbolik?», Kombformimi simbolik në Europën juglindore. Qendra për hulumtime dhe politikë gjinore, 2013, p. 325-364. (Original title: Strategies of Symbolic nation building. Albanian edition prepared by Vjollca Krasniqi. Translation: Translation Center.)
  • Is the Albanian’s religion really «Albanianism»? Religion and nation according to Muslim and Christian leaders in Albania. Harrassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden, 2012, www.harrassowitz-verlag.de/title_4092.ahtml?NKLN=410_A 
  • «Gud i nasjonal kontekst: En sammenligning av rumensk-ortodokse og albansk-ortodokse forestillinger om Gud». Dīn 2, 2012, ojs.novus.no/index.php/DIN/article/view/449.     
  • «Romania’s Saving Angels: ‘New Men’, Orthodoxy and Blood Mysticism in the Legionary Movement», Bulletin for the Study of Religion 41/2, 2012, www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/BSOR/article/view/Endresen. 
  • «‘Kristi soldater’ i Romania». Nordisk Østforum 2, 2012, www.idunn.no/ts/nof/2012/02/kristi_soldater_i_romania_jerngardens_postkommunistiske_. 
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2021). “Mystical and Mythical Thinking”: Myth-Making as a Compensatory Mechanism. In Musaraj, Smoki & Gregorič Bon, Nataša (Ed.), Remitting, Restoring and Building Contemporary Albania. Palgrave Macmillan. ISSN 978-3-030-84090-7. p. 211–238. doi: https%3A/doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-84091-4.
  • Endresen, Cecilie & Kersten, Carool (2021). The politics of blasphemy in Indonesia. In Stensvold, Anne (Eds.), Blasphemies compared : Transgressive speech in a globalised world. Routledge. ISSN 9780367254223. p. 192–213.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2020). Indian Diplomacy, Yoga, and New Age in Serbia. In Jacobsen, Knut Axel & Sardella, Ferdinando (Ed.), Handbook of Hinduism in Europa volume 2: Hindu presence in European countries. Brill Academic Publishers. ISSN 9789004433441. p. 1410–1427. doi: https%3A/brill.com/view/title/56478.
  • Endresen, Cecilie; Crvenkovska Risteska, Ines & Risteski, Ljupčo S. (2020). Hinduism in the Republic of North Macedonia: Yoga, Gurus, and National Myths. In Jacobsen, Knut Axel & Sardella, Ferdinando (Ed.), Handbook of Hinduism in Europa volume 2: Hindu presence in European countries. Brill Academic Publishers. ISSN 9789004433441. p. 1218–1240. doi: https%3A/doi.org/10.1163/9789004432284.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2020). Yoga Tourism, Āyurveda and New Hindu Movements in Montenegro . In Jacobsen, Knut Axel & Sardella, Ferdinando (Ed.), Handbook of Hinduism in Europa volume 2: Hindu presence in European countries. Brill Academic Publishers. ISSN 9789004433441. p. 1191–1203. doi: https%3A/doi.org/10.1163/9789004432284.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2020). Meditation and Yoga for Peace in Kosovo. In Jacobsen, Knut Axel & Sardella, Ferdinando (Ed.), Handbook of Hinduism in Europa volume 2: Hindu presence in European countries. Brill Academic Publishers. ISSN 9789004433441. p. 1141–1151. doi: https%3A/doi.org/10.1163/9789004432284.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2020). Yoga, Meditation, and Guru Movements in Albania. In Jacobsen, Knut Axel & Sardella, Ferdinando (Ed.), Handbook of Hinduism in Europa volume 2: Hindu presence in European countries. Brill Academic Publishers. ISSN 9789004433441. p. 779–805. doi: https%3A/brill.com/view/title/56478.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2019). Vin og vinyasa: Yogaturisme på Balkan. AURA - Tidsskrift for akademiske studier av nyreligiøsitet. ISSN 2000-4419. 10, p. 61–90.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2019). Islam und religiöse Autorität im heutigen Albanien. In Telbizova-Sack, Jordanka & Voß, Christian (Ed.), Islam auf dem Balkan Muslimische Traditionen im lokalen, nationalen und transnationalen Kontext Series: Südosteuropa-Jahrbuch . Peter Lang Publishing Group. ISSN 978-3-631-79322-0. p. 89–101. doi: https%3A/doi.org/10.3726/b15775.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2019). Body, Mind and Spirit: A Therapeutic Turn in Muslim-majority Kosovo. I Bria, G., Clayer, N. (Eds.). (2019). "Power, authority and body: Islam’s transformations in South-East Europe between XX and XXI century [Special Issue]". Occhialì – Rivista sul Mediterraneo islamico, 5 (1). . Occhialì – Rivista sul Mediterraneo islamico. ISSN 2532-6740. 5(1), p. 94–125.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2019). Kosmiske språk, babelsk forvirring og indoeuropeisk kvantefysikk: Emisk lingvistikk og myter om språk i albansk nyreligiøsitet . Chaos - Skandinavisk tidsskrift for religionshistoriske studier. ISSN 0108-4453. 69, p. 67–93.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2018). A Fantastic People and Its Enemies: An Analysis of an Emerging Albanian Mythology. Brill Handbooks on Contemporary Religion. ISSN 1874-6691. p. 343–360. doi: 10.1163/9789004382022_017.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2017). Islam und religiöse Autorität im heutigen Albanien: Zwei Haupttendenzen. Südosteuropa Mitteilungen. ISSN 0340-174X. 1, p. 60–69.
  • Endresen, Cecilie & Vik, Ingrid (2017). Norway, religion and the United Nations. In Stensvold, Anne (Eds.), Religion, State and the United Nations: Value Politics. Routledge. ISSN 9781317382584. p. 170–184.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2016). Allah og aliens: Albanske mellomvesener og albanere som mellomvesener. AURA - Tidsskrift for akademiske studier av nyreligiøsitet. ISSN 2000-4419. 8, p. 28–56.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2016). Reform, sekularisme og globalisering. (Fokusartikkel). Internasjonal Politikk. ISSN 0020-577X. 74(4). doi: 10.17585/ip.v74.630.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2015). Faith, Fatherland, or Both? Accommodationist and Neo-Fundamentalist Islamic Discourses in Albania. In Elbasani, Arolda & Roy, Olivier (Ed.), The Revival of Islam in the Balkans. From Identity to Religiosity. Palgrave Macmillan. ISSN 9781137517838. p. 222–241. doi: 10.1057/9781137517845.0018.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2015). The Nation and the Nun: Mother Teresa, Albania’s Muslim Majority and the Secular State. Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. ISSN 0959-6410. 26(1), p. 53–74. doi: 10.1080/09596410.2014.961765.

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  • Endresen, Cecilie (2022). "Religious tolerance, hospitality and honor”: Albania’s rescue of Jews in postcommunist discourse .
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2022). Nyreligiøsitet, Religion og etikk: Lærebok i religion og etikk for Vg3. Aschehoug & Co. ISSN 9788203319570. p. 224–234.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2022). Relatively non-Muslim .
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2022). Filmvorführung und Publikumsgespräch: Ein Licht zwischen den Wolken (Alb. Streha mes reve). Ein Gespräch mit dem Regisseur Robert Budina. . [Internet]. Zweigstelle der Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft in Jena (online).
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2022). Prophets in prison: the visions of charismatic NRM leaders convicted of “blasphemy” in Indonesia.
  • Endresen, Cecilie & Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2022). Ferdinand Marcos, igjen. Klassekampen. ISSN 0805-3839. p. 20–20.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2022). Intervju til planlagt Dagsrevyen-reportasje om hekser i Ukraina som bruker krigsmagi mot russiske tropper. . [TV]. Dagsrevyen, NRK 1.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2022). "Religion in the election campaign" foredrag, Senter for utvikling og miljø - ASIANET: fokus - The return of Marcos: The recent elections in the Philippines and the road ahead .
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2022). Kriminell karisma: Blasfemidømte profeter i Indonesia.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2022). War in Ukraine. Religion: Political and security aspects.
  • Endresen, Cecilie & Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2022). Hvorfor vant diktatorsønnen valget? Avisa Vårt land. p. 16–17.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2022). "Religionsleksikon" - oversikt over de ti største religionene .
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2021). “Inner and outer peace”: Yoga and meditation among Muslims.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2021). Religion og konflikt på Balkan.
  • Rots, Aike Peter; Endresen, Cecilie; Gubrium, Erika; Tolgensbakk, Ida; Bell, Justyna & Tanyi, Attila [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2021). Et «fremmed» virus? – Covid-19, nasjonalisme og stengte grenser. Utrop.no.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2020). Intervju om Maradona-kirken og personkult. [Radio]. NRK P2 - Helgemorgen.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2020). Intervju om konspirasjonsteorier om Covid-19 i Dagsnytt 18 . [Radio]. Dagsnytt 18.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2020). P2 Nyhetsmorgen - intervju om integreringsbarometeret. . [Radio]. NRK P2.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2019). Book review: "Muslims in Eastern Europe, by Egdūnas Račius". Comparative Islamic Studies. ISSN 1740-7125. 12(1-2), p. 229–232. doi: 10.1558/cis.37910.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2019). Floating Islam: Islamic referents and Muslim identities in New Age spirituality in Albania .
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2019). Why does the pope matter to non-Catholics?
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2019). Turkey's soft power in Albania - cultural and religious links.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2019). Ny Salah-studie: Egypteren har halvert muslimhatet i Liverpool . [Internet]. Aftenposten.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2019). Sitert om sjamanisme. [Internet]. Adresseavisen.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2019). Sitert om sjamanisme. [Internet]. Sunnmørsposten.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2019). Intervju om sjamanisme og nysjamanisme. [Internet]. Verdens Gang.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2019). "Hva er en sjaman?". Intervju om sjamaner i Aftenposten junior. . [Newspaper]. Aftenposten.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2019). Intervjuet om moderne sjamanisme av Ole Peder Giæver i "Prinsessen og sjamanen: – Business og åndelighet" . [Internet]. ABC Nyheter.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2019). Tenåring injiserte seg med DNA oversatt fra Bibelen og Koranen": DNA i religiøs diskurs.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2019). Märthas sjaman-kjæreste sier han kan snu atomer. [Newspaper]. ABC nyheter.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2019). Om sjamanisme. [Newspaper]. Dagsavisen.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2019). "Märtha Louises sjaman-kjæreste sier han kan snu atomer" . [Newspaper]. Nettavisen.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2019). Intervju om sjamanisme og nyreligiøsitet. [Radio]. Studio 2, NRK P2.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2019). Bokanmeldelse: "Med guds hjälp: om religion och politik i Ryssland, Ungern och Polen. Nordisk Østforum". Nordisk Østforum. ISSN 0801-7220. 33(19), p. 17–18.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2018). Book review: Europe’s Balkan Muslims: A New History. By Nathalie Clayer and Xavier Bougarel. . Hungarian Historical Review. ISSN 2063-8647. 1, p. 164–169.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2018). ESOTERICISM AND THE HUMANITIES: Albanian esotericism, pseudo-linguistics and new religious authorities.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2018). Bokanmeldelse: Blanes, Ruy Llera and Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic (eds.). 2017. Being Godless. Ethnographies of Atheism and Non-Religion. . Anthropological Notebooks. ISSN 1408-032X. XXIV(1), p. 115–116.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2018). The temporal in comparative religion.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2018). Images of religion in SKAM.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2018). Jihad og jihadisme.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2018). Testreise Thailand.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2018). Intervjuet av Eva Alnes Holte i art. "Ekstremistene drar religionen vår ned i søla" . [Newspaper]. Utrop.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2018). Intervjuet av Morten Strand ifm. "Demonstrasjoner i Romania: Korrupsjonen spiser landet" . [Newspaper]. Dagbladet.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2018). Promovideo for studier i Religionsvitenskap.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2018). Intervju i "De lever som menn - og sverger på å forbli jomfruer" av Øyvind Idsø. [Newspaper]. Dagbladet.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2018). Intervjuet av Mattis C. O. Vaaland: "Orientalisme på norsk". [Newspaper]. Vårt land.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2017). Kommentar til rapport om holdninger til muslimer https://www.utrop.no/Nyheter/Innenriks/32635. [Newspaper]. Utrop.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2017). Skrevet 30 artikler. Ansvar for 77 artikler som er lest 18 927 ganger. Fagansvarlig for 7 kategorier, bl.a.: Kosovos historie. In Bolstad, Erik (Eds.), Store norske leksikon (snl.no 2017). Store norske leksikon AS.
  • Endresen, Cecilie & Kersten, Carool (2017). "Blasphemy & Religious Intolerance:Indonesian contexts and cases" .
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2017). Intervjuet av Kjell G. Kvamme om endetidsforventinger og millenaristiske bevegelser, artikkel "Adventens mørke side". [Newspaper]. Vårt land.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2017). Intervjuet av Line Brustad om HL-rapport, i artikkel "Muslimfrykt". [Newspaper]. Dagbladet.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2017). Kosmiske språk, babelsk forvirring og indoeuropeisk kvantefysikk.
  • Endresen, Cecilie & Kai Erik, Westergaard (2017). Drikker muslimer? [Internet]. religioner.no.
  • Endresen, Cecilie & Kai Erik, Westergaard (2017). Alkohol og religion har gått hånd i hånd. [Internet]. religioner.no.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2017). Global kristendom.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2016). Der Einfluss der New Age-Bewegung auf Formen des Islams im Mittelmeerraum.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2016). "The pope in Balkan conflicts", panel The Pope: Relocation and Contestation in Local and Global Spheres of Meaning (chair).
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2016). Globalization and religious change: major trends in Islam.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2016). Bokanmeldelse: "Fuglerud, Øivind and Leon Wainwright (eds). 2015. Objects and Imagination. Perspectives on Materialization and Meaning". Anthropological Notebooks. ISSN 1408-032X. XXIII, No. 1, p. 131–132.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2016). Mother Teresa: A Saint in Albanian Politics. Religion: Going Public Blog.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2016). Islam in heutigen Albanien: Eine Taxonomie (Glaube, Vaterland, oder beides? Neo-fundamentalistische und Anpassungsdiskurse in Albanien).
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2016). Aliens, helgener og kykloper: Kommunikasjon mellom mellomvesener og muslimer.
  • Endresen, Cecilie & Svendsen, Jonas (2016). En forbudt substans? Alkoholbruk i muslimsk og islamsk kontekst.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2015). Book review: Globalization: The Key Concepts by Thomas Hylland Eriksen. Anthropological Notebooks. ISSN 1408-032X. 21(3), p. 147–148.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2015). Tolerance Test: Radicalisation Poses Challenge for Albania, av Vladimir Karaj. [Internet]. Balkan Insight.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2015). "Hvor kommer flyktningene fra?", Dagsnytt atten. [Radio]. NRK P2/NRK2.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2015). Derfor skaper Øst-Europa EU-splittelse. Intervjuet av Amund Bakke Foss. [Internet]. Verdens Gang.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2015). Pagans and Pantheists: Pluralist New Age Islam in Albania, Paper at panel "Retraditionalisation, Anti-Foundationalism and Glocalisation in a Post-Islamist Muslim World", co-chair Carool Kersten.
  • Endresen, Cecilie & Taraku, Sylo (2015). Makedonia på bristepunktet? Minervanett.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2015). Intervju i "Kreftsyke Alkeo (8) kastes ut av Norge". [Newspaper]. VG.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2015). Intervju i "Ekspert om Makedonia: Kan være provokasjon fra myndighetene". [Newspaper]. VG.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2015). Fra fez til flosshatt. Klassekampen. ISSN 0805-3839. p. 28–29.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2015). Partridge, Damani J. 2012. Hypersexuality and Headscarves Race, Sex, and Citizenship in the New Germany. Anthropological Notebooks. ISSN 1408-032X. 21(1), p. 149–150.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2015). Intervju i N. Pantel: «Balancieren in Tirana». [Newspaper]. Süddeutsche Zeitung.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2015). Debatt om religion i Europa på Dagsnytt atten. [Radio]. Dagsnytt atten, NRK P2/NRK2.
  • Endresen, Cecilie (2017). Religion after atheism . Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network .

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