Fault Lines of Islamism: Negotiating Progress, Participation and Patriarchy (completed)

The project seeks to explore the tension between Islamism and political and social modernity as it is normatively understood in the West as a condition characterised by freedom, democracy and equal rights.

People with coats by a moské. Foto.

About the project

Thie research project takes as its point of departure an understanding of Islamism as a modern social movement for reform.


Through in-depth studies conducted in specific countries, the project aims to present new material that addresses these questions:

  • How thorough is the Islamists’ adoption of democracy as a governing principle?
  • What conditions the choice of violence or peaceful activism as the operational tool for recruitment?
  • How do Islamists picture the role of non-Muslims in a state governed by Islamic principles?
  • How do Islamists view the role of women in society and politics?


  • Bjørn Olav Utvik: Islamism and Gender (Morocco and Egypt)
  • Tilde Rosmer: Islamism in Israel
  • Mona Abdel-Fadil: Perceptions of Marriage and Divorce in Cyber-Islam (PhD)
  • Truls Hallberg Tønnessen: Islamism between Violence and Politics (Iraq and Egypt)
  • Kai Kverme: Does Hizballah exercise a hegemony over Shiite Lebanon?  (MA)
  • Jenny Holmsen: Islamism: A Modernizing Agent on Gender Relations? A Case Study of the Algerian MSP (Mouvement de la Société pour la Paix) (MA)
  • Vegard G. Wennesland: The political organization of the Palestinians in Lebanon (MA)
Published Apr. 13, 2010 1:11 PM - Last modified Apr. 6, 2020 7:52 AM


Project manager:
Bjørn Olav Utvik

47-22856808, +47-97133256

Project assistant:
Kai Kverme



  • Bjørn Olav Utvik
  • Tilde Rosmer
  • Kai Egon Kverme
  • Mona Abdel-Fadil
  • Truls Hallberg Tønnessen
Detailed list of participants