Nora Stene

Associate Professor - Religious Studies
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Phone +47 22844068
Room 339 PAM
Visiting address IKOS P. A. Munchs hus 3. og 4. etasje
Postal address Postboks 1010 Blindern 0315 OSLO

Academic Interests

  • Christians in the Middle East
  • Coptic Orthodox Church/Copts in Egypt, Sudan and in diaspora
  • Migration-studies: Islam/ Muslim in the Middle East and in Europe
  • Religious change in secular societies: Conversions and apostacy
  • Minority-studies: Religious minorieties in contemporary Norway
  • Childhood and socialisation within religious groups

Teaching and supervising

  • "Introduction to world religions" REL 1003
  • "Christianity" REL 2210
  • "Judaisme" REL 2240
  • "Islam in Europe" REL 3350
  • "Bachelor studies" REL 3090
  • "Gender and religion" REL 4040"
  • "Supervised reading MA level" REL 4112

Supervising students at all levels.

2010/2011 Assesing PhD applications at IKOS

Ongoing research

The project "Missionary activity and Human Rights" analyses missionary activities carried out in a contemporary context, relating these activities to the complex field of Human Rights. The project wants to further a discussion on how a public debate on Human Rights reshapes missionary activites in multicultural societies and how the debate is influenced by activities carried out by missionary agents.

Higher education and employment history


  • 2014 onwards-  Associate professor at IKOS, UiO.
  • 2005-2014 Senior lecturer at IKOS, UiO.
  • 2005: PhD.
  • 2004 Associate professor at Høgskolen in Oslo, HiO.
  • Researching and teaching at all levels in different subjects at the institute of history of religion, IKOS.
  • Part of Center for Islamic and Middleastern Studies at IKOS.
  • Publishing nationally and internationally.
  • Guest lecturer at different institutions, see overview in Cristin.

Reseach delegations and fieldwork – a selection

  • Cairo, 31-4 till 6-4 2011. Visiting Al-Azhar and Egyptian intelectuals after the uprising in 2011. The visit was connected to a project financed by Norwegian Foreign Department with the aim of finding suitable teachers for intensive Islam classes at masterlevel at IKOS. Delegation: Lena Larsen, Nora Stene and Kari Vogt.
  • Istanbul, 3-6 till 10-6 2006. Visiting different Christian orthodox churches, Church leaders and monastaries. Delegation: Vilde Reichelt, Nora Stene, Berit Thorbjørnsrud, Kari Vogt.
  • Egypt, Great Britain,  - fieldwork connected to MA and PhD theses.


  • 2010 on- Member of the board at "Prismet" (Journal with referees).
  • 2010 on - Member of "Resource group: Diversity of religions and life stances" at Oslo University.
  • 2007 on - Observer at bilateral talks between Islamic Council of Norway (IRN) and Church of Norway (DnK).
  • 2006       Member of network for the study of reform in the field of religious education within The Norwegian Church, organised by KIFO, Church Research Center.

Ongoing projects

  • Christians in the Middle East. Co-operation project at IKOS led by Berit Thorbjørnsrud.
  • Trends in developments in Coptic visual culture. Co-operation with Kari Vogt, Nelly van Doorn-Harder.
Tags: History of Religions, Christianity, Islam, Middle East, Copts/ Coptic Church, CIMS
Published Sep. 29, 2008 1:46 PM - Last modified Mar. 4, 2020 4:09 PM