Mona Abdel-Fadil

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Research Areas

Cultural & Religious Diversity: Politics of Affect: Christianity & Identity Politics on Facebook; Religion, Conflict and Media; Media, Culture and Society; Media Anthropology; Online Religion; Contemporary Islam and Islamism; Gender relations; Cross-Cultural Counselling Psychology; Anthropology of the Middle East; Egypt – Politics and Society; Migration and Displacement; Satire

 

Background

Mona Abdel-Fadil earned her PhD from the University of Oslo in 2012. While her current research focuses on religion, media an conflict in Scandinavia, her previous research focused primarily on contemporary Islam, gender, and the Middle East (See publications). Abdel-Fadil has a background in Social Anthropology, Middle East Area Studies, Religious Studies and Multicultural studies. Her PhD dissertation: Living 'the Message' and Empowering Muslim Selves: A Behind the Screens Study of Online Islam, is an organizational ethnography and draws on a combination of offline fieldwork and online research. The study of Islam Online served as Abdel-Fadil's introduction to the field of Media and Religion. She has been the coordinator the Nordic Network for Media and Religion, since 2011. She is also affiliated to C-REX, POLKOM & CIMS.  

Abdel-Fadil's university teaching experience includes designing and teaching two BA Anthropology of the Middle East Courses on 'Gender and Family' and 'Culture and Society', for the University of Oslo (2003 and 2012), and teaching part of the MA course Media, Religion and Conflict at the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo (2015 and 2016), and redesigning and teaching this course in its entirety in 2018 . Mona Abdel-Fadil has published articles on gender relations, contemporary Islam and media and religion in both English and Norwegian. 

For a full CV and information about other work experience, visit her personal webpage: http://monaabdel-fadil.com 

 

Ongoing Research 

Abdel-Fadil's current research focuses on Islam- and immigrant critical voices in Norwegian online debates about religion and culture, particularly among conservative Christians. This research seeks to understand the mediatized dynamics of emotionally charged, polarized, identity politics, and develop a conceptual framework of the politics of affect. The research is funded by the Center for Research on Extremism: The Extreme Right, Hate Crime and Political Violence (C-REX).

 

Postdoctoral Project

Mona Abdel-Fadil's online ethnography explores the multiple ways in which social media users may contribute to amplifying or reducing mediatized conflict about religion.  The Norwegian Cross-Case is part of CoMRel's subproject: Contested visibility in public service media and develops out of the “Cross-Case” of November 2013 when a Norwegian NRK news anchor was prohibited from wearing the cross while presenting the news. Abdel-Fadil's subproject seeks to examine the multiple ways in which users of social media play into the constructions of public religious discourse in connection with mediatized conflicts about religion. The goal is to contribute to a more nuanced understanding of the interplay between media and religion, through an in-depth study of audience interactions and the internal dynamics of a particular online milieu. Drawing on rich empirical material from the Norwegian Facebook page: Yes to wearing the cross whenever and wherever I choose, this subproject aims to provide new insights on the multiple ways in which media audiences discuss and shape debates on media and religion.

 

Other Research Activities

Mona Abdel-Fadil was the lead organiser of The Researching Religious Controversies Conference held in 2016. The latter is part of a public outreach project entitled New Public Outreach Strategies for Research on Religious Controversies, designed and headed by Mona Abdel-Fadil and funded by The Research Council of Norway. 

In 2016 Mona Abdel-Fadil was the guest editor of Cyber Orient’s special issue on Constructing and Consuming Gender through Media.

Together with Helge Årsheim, Mona Abdel-Fadil is the guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Religion Digital Media and Culture on Religious Controversies due to be published in 2019. 

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Religion: Going Public Blog

The Religion:Going Public Blog was launched in the beginning of 2016 by a team of colleagues across SAMKUL projects. Mona Abdel-Fadil is Editor in Chief of the Religion: Going Public Blog together with Helge Årsheim.

 

Public Outreach

Disseminating research to the general public, is something Mona Abdel-Fadil is passionate about. Mona Abdel- Fadil initiated and manages CoMRels Public Outreach project  "New Public Outreach Strategies for Research on Religious Controversies" funded by The Research Council of Norway. The collaborative blog Religion: Going Public is part of this initiative. The New Public Outreach Strategies for Research on Religious Controversies is designed with the aim of reaching a broader public in new ways. Hence, the Religion: Going Public blog draws on a unique collaboration with the illustrator Øyvind Westgård. The event Laugh or Die (Le eller Dø)  is about religion, humour and fear.  Laugh or Die (May 2017) is a unique concept that brings together an academic panel and comedians who perform on topic. All segments will be available online to the general public as video episodes. You can read more about the event and the project at www.le-eller-dø.no

 

Tags: Media, Religion, Social anthropology, Islam, Gender Studies, Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Publications

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles & Chapters

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona. 2016. How Islamic is Islam Online Counselling? in Mellor, N. &  Rinnawi, K. (eds)Political Islam: Global Media and the Boundaries of Religious Identity,  Routledge.

 

 

 

  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona. 2015. The Framing of the Islam Online Crisis in Jayusi, L. and Roald, A.S. (eds.), Media and Political Contestation in the Contemporary Arab World: A Decade of Change, Palgrave Macmillan.

 

 

  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona. 2013.  Islam Online Guides Spouses towards Marital Bliss: Arabic Vs. English Counselling Perspectives on Marital Communication in Muslims and the New Information and Communication Technologies: Notes from an Emerging and Infinite Field (eds. Hoffmann, T. & Larsson, G.) Springer.

 

 

 

 

  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona. 2011.  Islam Onlines ekteskapsveiledning (Islam Online's Marital Counselling) in Babylon: Nordic Journal of Middle East Studies, 1. 

 

Blog Posts

  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018). Nationalizing Christianity & Hijacking Religion on Facebook, In Knut Lundby (ed.),  Contesting Religion. The Media Dynamics of Cultural Conflicts in Scandinavia.  Walter de Gruyter.  ISBN 978-3-11-050171-1.  Chapter 6. Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona & Liebmann, Louise Lund (2018). Gender, Diversity, and Mediatized Conflicts of Religion: Lessons from Scandinavian Case Studies, In Knut Lundby (ed.),  Contesting Religion. The Media Dynamics of Cultural Conflicts in Scandinavia.  Walter de Gruyter.  ISBN 978-3-11-050171-1.  16. Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Lundby, Knut; Hjarvard, Stig; Lövheim, Mia & Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018). Perspectives: Cross-Pressures on Public Service Media, In Knut Lundby (ed.),  Contesting Religion. The Media Dynamics of Cultural Conflicts in Scandinavia.  Walter de Gruyter.  ISBN 978-3-11-050171-1.  Chapter 5.  s 83 - 96 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2017). Identity Politics in a Mediatized Religious Environment on Facebook: Yes to Wearing the Cross Whenever and Wherever I Choose. Journal of Religion in Europe.  ISSN 1874-8910. Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2016). Conflict and Affect Among Conservative Christians on Facebook. Online - Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet.  ISSN 1861-5813.  11, s 1- 28 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2016). How Islamic is Islam Online Counselling?, In Noha Mellor & Khalil Rinnawi (ed.),  Political Islam and Global Media: The boundaries of religious identity.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-138-63957-7.  Chapter 15.  s 246 - 264
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2016). Let’s Talk About Sex: Counselling Muslim Selves Online. CyberOrient.  ISSN 1804-3194.  10(1) Show summary
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona & Van Eynde, Koen (2016). Golden age divas on the silver screen: Challenging or conforming to dominant gender norms?. Journal of African Cinemas.  ISSN 1754-9221.  8(1), s 11- 27 . doi: 10.1386/jac.8.1.11_1 Show summary
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2015). Counselling Muslim Selves on Islamic Websites: Walking a Tightrope Between Secular and Religious Counselling Ideals?. Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture.  ISSN 2165-9214.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2015). The Framing of the Islam Online Crisis in Arab Media, In Lena Jayyusi & Anne Sofie Roald (ed.),  Media and Political Contestation in the Contemporary Arab World. A Decade of Change.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 9781137525222.  Kapt. 10.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2013). Islam Online Guides Spouses towards Marital Bliss: Arabic Vs. English Counselling Perspectives on Marital Communication, In Thomas Hoffmann & Göran Larsson (ed.),  Muslims and the New Information and Communication Technologies. Notes form an Emerging and Infinite Field.  Springer.  ISBN 9789400772465.  Et av kapitlene i del 2.  s 49 - 73

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  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018, 08. juni). – Folk skriv berre si meining.  Dagen.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018, 20. juni). – Tro trigger …følelser.  Vårt Land.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018, 20. juni). Avliver myte om «ekkokammer».  Vårt Land.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018). Empirically Grounding Theories of Mediatization of Religion.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018). Experiences with Public Scholarship, Roundtable: Making Religious Scholarship Integral to the Public Conversation.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018). Facebook som ekkokammer? Kampen om religionens plass i Norge. Religion: Going Public Blog.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018). Facebook som ekkokammer? Kampen om religionens plass i Norge. Del av Konflikt om religion i kringkastingsmediene panelet..
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018). Giving Religion A Bad Name. Religion: Going Public Blog.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018). Hijacking Religion & Identity Politics on Facebook.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018). Hijacking Religion on Facebook, Del av panelet: Narrating Voice and Building Self on Digital and Social Media.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018). Hijacking Religion on Facebook: Theoretical Concerns in panel on Contesting Religion: The Media Dynamics of Cultural Conflicts in Scandinavia..
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018). Hva har menneskerettighetene egentlig gjort for oss?.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018, 08. juni). Kjensler i kok i korsnekt-gruppe på Facebook.  Dagen.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018, 25. august). Nettet – et følelsesladet sted. [Fagblad].  Sambåndet 08/2008.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018). PUBLIC DEBATE Media Dynamics, Religion & Conflict in Scandinavia. Show summary
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018). Putting the 'fun' back into fundamentalism. Show summary
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018). Putting the ‘fun’ back into fundamentalism: Toying with Islam in Comedy.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018). Religious Controversies: Blurring the Lines Between Comedy and Research Dissemination.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018). Sticking a Pin into the Inflated Castle of Knowledge about Islam. Religion: Going Public Blog. Show summary
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018). Stuck Between Framing Religion As Good Or Bad?: Findings from Scandinavian Mediatized Environments. Show summary
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018, 09. april). Tar til motmæle mot kristne som hetser.  Vårt Land.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2018). The Emotional Labour of Creating Religious Controversies Online.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2017). Academic Skills:The Online Academic Persona.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2017). Conflict and Affect Among Conservative Christians on Facebook.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2017). Doing Media-Ethnography.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2017). Feeling so emotional: why we rage about religion on Facebook. The Conversation.  ISSN 2201-5639.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2017). Feeling so emotional: why we rage about religion on Facebook. Religion: Going Public Blog.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2017). Islam frykt og humor A Crash Course.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2017). Le eller Dø. Show summary
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2017). Le eller Dø Teaser 1.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2017). Le eller Dø Teaser 2.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2017). Le eller Dø Teaser 3.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2017). Le eller Dø Teaser 4.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2017). Religion på facebook.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2017). Tåler diktatorer en spøk?. Show summary
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2017). Whispering, Whimpering, and Wailing about Religion on Facebook. Religion: Going Public Blog. Show summary
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2017). http://le-eller-dø.no.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2016, 21. januar). - Feil faktagrunnlag.  Vårt Land.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2016, 21. januar). – Også hvite menn tafser.  Vårt Land.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2016, 17. januar). Diskusjon om Køln og Stockholm angrepene på NRK Ytring. [Radio].  NRK P2, NRK Ytring.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2016). Facebook as a Playground for Christian and Nationalistic Identity Politics. Show summary
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2016). Facebook-Campaigning for Christianity on Norwegian TV.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2016). Fortielser og forvrengninger av fakta: Hvordan orientere seg i mediedebatten om Köln..
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2016). Hating Muslims Online. Religion: Going Public Blog.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2016). Hug a Muslim!. Religion: Going Public Blog.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2016). Identity Politics in a Mediatized Religious Environment on Facebook: Yes to Wearing the Cross Whenever and Whereever I Choose.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2016). Identity politics in an online religious environment on Facebook.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2016). Jew! - Derailed Dispute about Karpe Diem’s Rap Lyrics?. Religion: Going Public Blog.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2016, 15. januar). Menn som klår på kvinner.  Morgenbladet.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2016). Misvisende av HRS-redaktøren. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2016, 15. januar). Overgrep koples til lek - Masseovergrepene Forklaring.  Stavanger Aftenblad.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2016). The Politics of Affect: Creating Religious Controversies Online.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2016). The ‘Rape Game’: Framing the Cologne and Stockholm Events. Religion: Going Public Blog.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2016, 15. januar). Tysk politi mener «taharrush gamea» er kommet til Europa.  Stavanger Aftenblad.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona & Toft, Audun (2016). Islam – elefanten i rommet.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2015). Debating a Norwegian News Anchor’s Cross-Pendant.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2015). Islamisters budskap på nett. Forskning.no : nettavis med nyheter fra norsk og internasjonal forskning.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2015). Løper mediene terroristenes ærend?, Paneldebatt.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2015, 19. november). NSD undersøkelse om ytringer som håner religion. [Radio].  NRK Alltid Nyheter.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2015). Paneldebatt om Queens of Syria.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2015). Paneldebatt: ”Ungdom tar ansvar”- Hvordan forebygge før det er for sent?.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2015, 16. april). Skal forske på på NRK-anker Sællmanns korsnekt.  Dagen.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2015). Testimonies of Terror: Talking about Sexual Assaults on an Egyptian Talk.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2015). The NRK Cross-Case as a Catalyser for Existential Anxieties.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2015). Understanding Egypt: Soldiers, Revolutionaries and the People.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2015, 19. november). Unge reagerer mer på religiøs hets.  Vårt Land.
  • Lundby, Knut & Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2015). Medier og religion i samfunnskonflikter.
  • Lundby, Knut; Hjarvard, Stig; Rosenfeldt, Mattias Pape; Lövheim, Mia; Jensdotter, Linnea & Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2015). Contested visibility and interaction on religion in public service media. Show summary
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2014). 'Egyptians are beyond depression'. The New Middle East Blog.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2014). ‘Frustration Creates Miracles’: Islamist Women Activists before, during, and after the Egyptian Uprisings.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2014). Mestringsstrategier blant syriske flyktninger i Jordan.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2014). Moulding Ideal Muslim Selves on Islam Online: Islamist Activism, before, during and after the Anti-Mubarak Uprisings.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2014). Playing the Shame and Blame Game: Public Debate on Sexual Assaults in Tahrir Square.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2014). The Shame and Blame Game: The Public Debate on Sexual Assaults in Tahrir Square.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2013, 03. juli). – Kuppet setter en farlig presedens i Egypt.  Aftenposten.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2013). BROSKAPET VS. MILITÆRET I VOLDENS GREP: HVEM DREPER HVEM I EGYPT?. Dagsavisen - Nye Meninger.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2013). Coup or no Coup? – That is the Question!:Egypt faces yet another critical transitional phase. New Middle East Blog.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2013, 11. februar). Egypt 2 år etter Mubaraks fall. [Radio].  NRK, Dagsnytt 18.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2013, 26. juli). Ekspert tror radikale kan bli styrket i Egypt.  Bergens Tidene.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2013). Facebook Revolution?. Kvinner Sammen.  ISSN 0803-8589.  (2), s 9- 12
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2013). For the Love of the Egyptian Army?: Laying Down ‘The will of the People’. New Middle East Blog.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2013, 16. mai). Forskjellene mellom Sunni og Shia muslimer. [Radio].  NRK P2, Ekko.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2013). From Jordan with love: ‘Syrians are our brothers, but …’. New Middle East Blog.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2013). From Spring to Winter in Egypt? How are the working- and security conditions for Women Journalists two years after the revolution?.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2013). Half the Wages – Twice the Hours?: Displaced Syrians in the Jordanian Labour Market.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2013, 02. juli). Har fått 48 timer på å løse krisen.  Vårt Land.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2013, 26. mars). Intervju om Beduiner i Sinai. [Radio].  NRK P2, NRK Lunsj.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2013, 26. juli). Intervju om politiske spenninger i Egypt. [Radio].  Dagsnytt 18, Nrk P2.
  • Abdel-Fadil, Mona (2013). Islamists vs. Secularists in Post-Mubarak Media Egypt?.

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