Ragnhild Johnsrud Zorgati

Associate Professor - Study of Religion
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Phone +47 22856855
Room 337 PAM
Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 P. A. Munchs hus 0371 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1010 Blindern 0315 Oslo

Academic Interests

I have pluridisciplinary background with specialization in Religious History, Islamic Studies and Comparative Literature. My research focuses on different aspects of religious- and cultural encounters between Muslims and Christians, spanning from conversions and mixed marriages in medieval Iberia, via the Hammam as a cite of cultural encounters in 19th century travel writing, to literary descriptions of immigrant workers in Paris. Currently, I participate in three research projects: Tracing the Jerusalem Code: Christian Cultures in Scandinavia where I analyze 19th century Scandinavian descriptions of the Holy Land; Mobile Musilms and Invisible Islam where I explore fiction as a source for studying Islam in Europe; and Value Politics (ValPol) where I have worked on divergent value discourses that shape the Tunisian political landscape after 2011.

Teaching and Tutoring

Higher Education and Employment History

I joined the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages as Associate Professor in August 2013.

From 2011-2013, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages at the University of Oslo. The period included a one year research stay in Tunisia.

I hold a PhD degree in religious history from the University of Oslo (2007) and followed PhD-studies in Comparative Literature and Islamic Studies at the University of Montreal and McGill University, Canada. In my PhD-thesis, I analyzed Christian and Muslim legal texts from Medieval Iberia on conversions and mixed marriages in light of postcolonial theories. I am a Cand. Philol. from the University of Oslo with a Master in French/Francophone literature and a Bachelor in North African and Middle Eastern Studies, Philosophy and French, including one semester at l’Université Libre de Bruxelles. I addition, I hold a Masters Degree in Contemporary Literature from the University of Paris XIII.

From 2008-2010, I was a lecturer at the University of Oslo, Oslo University College and Volda University College, teaching courses in religious history, the epistemology of science, and the history of medieval Spain.

I have received scholarships from the Norwegian Research Council, the University of Oslo, and The Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.



Tags: History of Religions, Islam, Middle East, North Africa, Comparative Literature, CIMS


  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2021). Love Jihad in contemporary art in Norway. Religions. ISSN 2077-1444. 12(12). doi: 10.3390/rel12121106.
  • Bohlin, Anna & Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2021). Tracing the Jerusalem Code c. 1750–c.1920: The Christian Storyworld Expanded and Fragmented. In Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud & Bohlin, Anna (Ed.), Tracing the Jerusalem Code. Volume 3: The Promised Land Christian Cutures in Modern Scandinavia (ca. 1750-ca. 1920). Walter de Gruyter (De Gruyter). ISSN 9783110634884. p. 12–50. doi: doi.org/10.1515/9783110639476-002.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2020). The painter and the princess: Constructing feminism/decentring orientalism between Cpenhagen, Istanbul, Cairo and Tunis. Cultural History. ISSN 2045-290X. 9(1), p. 46–71. doi: 10.3366/cult.2020.0208. Full text in Research Archive
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2018). Tunis. Samfunnets endringskraft. In Butenschøn, Nils A (Eds.), Brennpunkt Midtøsten. Byene som prisme. Universitetsforlaget. ISSN 978-82-15-02812-5. p. 287–306.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2017). Human Rights and the Tunisian Constitution. In Stensvold, Anne (Eds.), Religion, State and the United Nations: Value Politics. Routledge. ISSN 9781317382584. p. 153–170.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2016). Impressions from Tunisia, Spring 2016. Journal of Arabic and Islamic studies. ISSN 0806-198X. 16, p. 385–388. doi: 10.5617/jais.4758.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2015). The Lead Books of Granada: Hybridity and Cultural Memory. In Stordalen, Terje & Naguib, Saphinaz Amal (Ed.), The Formative Past and the Formation of the Future: Collective Remembering and Identity Formation. Novus Forlag. ISSN 978-82-7099-808-1. p. 277–311.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2011). Sanser, kvinnekultur og kulturmøter i hammam. In Naguib, Saphinaz Amal & Rogan, Bjarne (Ed.), Materiell kultur & kulturens materialitet. Novus Forlag. ISSN 978-82-7099-630-8. p. 185–205.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2005). Rachid Boudjedra, La Prise de Gibraltar: Kaléidoscope et métissage. Romansk Forum. ISSN 0804-6468. 20(1), p. 121–130.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2002). Bid’a: Innovation and Tradition in al-Andalus, The Intangible Heritage of the Mediterranean. Transmission, Adaptation and Innovation. Unipubforlag & Department of Culture Studies, UiO. ISSN 82-7477-121-4.

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  • Endresen, Cecilie; Johannsen, Dirk; Frøystad, Kathinka; Stensvold, Anne; Ruud, Arild Engelsen & Trangerud, Hanne Amanda [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2022). Jo, mange forsker på religion og politikk! Aftenposten.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud; Aavitsland, Kristin Bliksrud & Oftestad, Eivor Andersen (2022). Norgeshistorie - tro og tilhørighet. Episode 3: Jerusalem-koden. [Radio]. NRK P2.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud & Johannsen, Dirk (2022). Norgeshistorie - tro og tilhørighet. Episode 4: Religion møter det moderne samfunn. [Radio]. NRK P2.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud; Pepe, Teresa & Issa, Rana (2022). Islamic Literature in a Transnational Field: Examining Infrastructures and Patterns of Circulation.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2022). Cattle in Islam. In Ween, Gro Birgit & Lundblad, Michael (Ed.), Control: Attempting to Tame the World. Pax Forlag. ISSN 9788253043609.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2022). Orientalistkongressen i Stockholm og Oslo.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2022). Innslag om sufisme i programmet "Kompass" på NRK P2. [Radio]. NRK P2.
  • Endsjø, Dag Øistein; Stensvold, Anne; Endresen, Cecilie; Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud; Havnevik, Hanna & Stene, Nora [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2022). "Religionsvitenskap er allerede på HF". Debattinnlegg fra faggruppen på religionsvitenskap, v. Anne Stensvold. "Like lite som filosofi kan opprette parallelle kurs i idéhistorie eller sosiologi, kan teologene ved TF starte kurs som prøver å imitere hva som allerede finnes på religionsvitenskap.". Uniforum. ISSN 1891-5825.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2021). Tunisia 10 år etter den arabiske våren. Studio 2 - NRK P2. [Radio]. NRK P2.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2021). Norgeshistorie - tro og tilhørighet. Episode 8: Muslimer i norsk kultur. . [Radio]. NRK P2.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2021). Tunisia: Sharia - et avsluttet kapittel?
  • Pepe, Teresa; Vikør, Knut S.; Abou-Hodeib, Toufoul; Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud & Utvik, Bjørn Olav (2021). Reflections on the 2011 Arab Uprisings from Norway: Ten Years After.
  • Lunde, Hannah Kristine Bjørke; Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud & Lund, Ellen Cathrine (2021). "Pilegrimsreiser", Norgeshistorie - Tro og tilhørighet. [Radio]. NRK P2.
  • Aavitsland, Kristin Bliksrud; Oftestad, Eivor Andersen & Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2021). Prelude. In Oftestad, Eivor Andersen & Haga, Joar (Ed.), Tracing the Jerusalem Code. Volume 2: The Chosen People. Christian Cultures in Early Modern Scandinavia (1536-ca. 1750). Walter de Gruyter (De Gruyter). ISSN 978-3-11-063487-7. p. 1–9. doi: https%3A/doi.org/10.1515/9783110639452-001.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2020). Likestilling og feminisme i Tunisia.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2020). Om den politiske situasjonen i Tunisia. 100 dager etter presidentvalget. [Radio]. NRK Alltid nyheter.
  • Stordalen, Terje & Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2019). Gudsåpenbaringer og visjoner: Esekiels bok.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2019). Islam i fiksjon.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud; Maktabi, Rania & Elgvin, Sara Merabti (2019). Algerie, Tunisia og Marokko: Samfunn, politikk og kvinner etter 2011.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2019). Fobier og forfølgelse. Antisemittisme og islamofobi før og nå. En panelsamtale om dagsaktuelle problemstillinger med utgangspunkt i forestillingen "Krenket".
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2019). Jerusalem i Skandinavia. Tusen års kulturshistorie.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2019). The Wound of Movement: Young Muslims in Contemporary Fiction.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2018). Tracing the Jerusalem Code through the Second Millennium.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2018). Bokpresentasjon: Brennpunkt Midtøsten (sammen med Nils Butenschøn, Rania Maktabi og Kjetil Selvik).
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2018). The Green Line of the Jerusalem Code: Nineteenth Century Scandinavians in the "Holy Land".
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2018). Organisering av workshop:Jerusalem and the Holy Land in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Travel and Representation. Introduksjon og konklusjon.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2017). Sub-project III, Jerusalem in modern Scandinavia (1750-1900). Only in the heart or in the Middle East?
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2017). Women influencing religious authority in the late 19th century: The Princess Nazli Fadhel and her Pan-Islamic connections.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2017). Lynkurs om islam.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2017). Boom for kvinners rettigheter. [Newspaper]. Dagsavisen.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud & Haga, Joar (2017). Tracing the Jerusalem Code: Christian Cultures in Scandinavia - prosjektpresentasjon.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2017). Debates and Rulings concerning Mixed Marriages in the Middle Ages.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud & Oftestad, Eivor Andersen (2017). The Stories of the Holy City. Panelsamtale med Thorvald Steen og Andreas Wiese.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2017). Søker kone nummer to på nett. [Newspaper]. Vårt Land.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2017). Ønsker ikke reformasjonen i islamsk reprise. [Newspaper]. Vårt Land.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2016). Kommentar til Jonas Otterbeck.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2016). Flowers from Jerusalem - the Green Line of the Jerusalem Code.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2016). Narrating Jerusalem in Fredrika Bremer's "Travels in the Holy Land" and Selma Lagerlöf's "Jerusalem".
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2016). Tunisia in 2016: some personal impressions.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2016). Panelsamtale: Hvilken rolle spiller sannheten i interreligiøs dialog idag?
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2016). Panel conversation about Tunisia after the projection of the Tunisian film "As I Open My Eyes" at the Arabian Film Days in Oslo, 14th-17th of April 2016.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2016). Memory as Legitimation.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2016). Deltagelse i radioprogrammet "Mellom himmel og jord". [Radio]. NRK P1.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2015). Foredrag om Tunisia for ansatte ved Nobels Fredssenter.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2015). From Lingua Franca to the Arab World in 2016.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2015). Network and Code in Frederika Bremer’s ‘Travel to the Holy Land’.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2015). Intervju med Vårt Land om utdelingen av Nobels fredspris 2015 til Den tunisiske kvartetten for nasjonal dialog. [Newspaper]. Vår Land.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2015). Tekster til Fredsprisutstillingen 2015 "Den tunisiske metode".
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2015). Om vinneren av Nobels fredspris 2015 og situasjonen i Tunisia. [TV]. TV2 Nyhetskanalen.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2015). Samtale med Bente Erichsen om fredsprisutstillingen "Den tunisiske metode". [TV]. TV2 Nyhetskanalen.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2015). Om fredsprisutstillingen "Den tunisiske metode". [TV]. NRK Dagsrevyen.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2015). Dagsnytt 18: om Nobels fredspris til Den tunisiske kvartetten for nasjonal dialog. [Radio]. NRK P2 Dagsnytt 18.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2015). Revolution, Dialogue and Transition: What the World Can Learn from Tunisia. In Honour of the Nobel Peace Prize 2015 to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet .
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2015). Tunisia og Den tunisiske kvartetten for nasjonal dialog. [Radio]. NRK - Nyhetsettermiddag.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2015). Nobels Fredspris til Den tunisiske kvartetten for nasjonal dialog. [Radio]. NRK p2 - Dagsnytt 18.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2015). “Histoire(s) croisée(s) in Fredrika Bremer’s Travels in the Holy Land (Livet i gamla världen: Palestina”).
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2015). Ekstreme krefter misliker et demokratisk Tunisia. [Newspaper]. Nrk. no.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2015). Angående terrorangrepet på Bardomuseet i Tunis den 18. mars 2015. [TV]. TV2 Nyhetskanalen.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2015). Om radikalisering av unge tunisiere i forbindelse med terrorangrepet i Sousse den 26. juni 2015. [Radio]. NRK P2/Alltid nyheter.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2015). Deltagelse i debatt: Comment répondre a l’affirmation des identités religieuses? Un défi du 21e siècle.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2014). Valget i Tunisia. [Radio]. NRK P2 Dagsnytt 18.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2014). Skandinaviske kvinners rettigheter på slutten av 1800-tallet i fiqh-perspektiv.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2014). Fredrika Bremer and the Olive Tree: Memory and Representations of History in a 19th Century Protestant Travel Narrative.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud; Oftestad, Eivor Andersen & Aavitsland, Kristin Bliksrud (2014). Presentation of Jerusalem Research Project.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2014). Foredrag om islam i Nord-Afrika.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2013). “Tunisia: Democracy, yes! Bu what about pluralism”, Seminar at the Center for Islamic and Middle East Studies, IKOS, UiO.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2012). Intercommunal Bathing in the Ius Commune and in the Ius Proprium of Medieval and Early Modern Iberia.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2012). An Unusual Encounter between the Polish-Danish Painter Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann and the Egyptian Princess Nazili Hanim.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2012). Intervju i "Verdibørsen" om flerkulturelle samfunn i middelalderen i forbindelse med rettsaken mot Behring Breivik. [Radio]. NRK P2.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2012). Deltagelse i "Migrapolis" om temaet blandingsekteskap. [TV]. NRK.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud & Aukrust, Knut (2012). Al-Andalus: Myter og motmyter. Seminar i samarbeid med Knut Aukrust .
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud & Aukrust, Knut (2012). Respondent bokpresentasjon: Spansk gullalder, historiens relevans og religiøst mangfold.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2011). Estetiske sansninger i/av hammam.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2011). From Denmark to the hammam: the international female networks of the Danish-Polish painter Elisabeth Jerichau Baumann.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2011). Intervju om situasjonen i Tunisia. [TV]. TV2 Nyhetskanalen.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2009). Mozarabs in Medieval and Early Modern Spain: Identities and Influences. Speculum. ISSN 0038-7134. 84(4), p. 1062–1062.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2009). Jerusalem in Granada; Identity and Memory in Times of Unrest (16th Century Iberia).
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2009). Hammam: Dirt and Cleanliness in Muslim-Christian Relations in al-Andalus.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2007). Kristne og muslimer i Spania. [Radio]. Radioselskapet NRK P2.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2007). Krysset religiøse grenser. [Newspaper]. Klassekampen.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2006). Can Legal Texts Convey Emotions?: Medieval Iberian Legal Discourses on Inter-Faith Unions.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2005). Crossing Boundaries, Negotiating Identities: Conversion in the 12th Century Mediterranean.
  • Zorgati, Ragnhild Johnsrud (2007). Beyond Boundaries, Islamic and Christian Legal Texts Dealing with Conversion and Mixed Marriages in Medieval Iberia. Unipub forlag. ISSN 0806-3222.

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