Interreligious Studies

at the Faculty of Theology,
University of Oslo





With bibliography, andlinks to centres, courses and programs in Interreligious Studies at other universities worldwide

Since 2000, the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo has been developing a new area for research and teaching under the heading of


  • see research group on Interreligious Studies and Islamic Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo
  • see horizon document for "Interreligious Studies at the Faculty of Theology" (in English)
  • see information about courses in Interreligious Studies (in Norwegian)
  • see other university institutions with courses in "Interreligious Studies" or similar (below, in English)

Courses including the perspective of interreligious relations are included in the Faculty's undergraduate programs. At graduate level, interreligious studies constitute an important part of the master programs of Religion and Society and Intercontextual Theology.

In 2005, the Faculty of Theology established a chair in Interreligious Studies which is currently held by Professor Oddbjørn Leirvik. Leirvik is a founding member of the European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (ESITIS). His colleague at the Faculty of Theology Anne Hege Grung is the current chairperson of ESITIS.

ESITIS is closely associated with the journal Interreligious Studies and Intercultural Theology and was previously involved in the journal Studies in Interreligious Dialogue.

In 2013, the American Academy of Religion welcomed an Interreligious and Interfatih Studies Group.



·         Patel, Eboo, Jennifer Howe Peace, and Noah J. Silverman (eds.) Interreligious/Interfaith Studies. Defining a New Field. Boston: Beacon Press 2018.

·         Hans Gustafson: “Doing Theology Interreligiously and Interreligious Studies.” In Finding all things in God. Pansacramentalism and Doing Theology Interreligiously. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications 2015, pp. 299-312.

·         Hans Gustafson: “Interreligious and Interfaith Studies in relation to Religious Studies and Theological Studies.”, 6 January 2015 (online).

·         Oddbjørn Leirvik: Interreligious Studies. A Relational Approach to Religious Activism and the Study of Religion. London: Bloomsbury 2014.

·         Paul Hedges: "Editorial Introduction: Interreligious Studies", Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, Vol. 27, No. 2, 2014, pp. 127-131. Online.

·         Paul Hedges: "Interreligious Studies: A New Direction in the Study of Religion?" Bulletin of the British Association for the Study of Religions, May 2014.

·         Oddbjørn Leirvik: "Intereligious Studies: a Relational Approach to the Study of Religion". Journal of Interreligious Studies 13, February 18, 2014. Online.

·         Joshua Stanton: "Inter-religious Studies: A Field of its Own?", Huffington Post 22.02.2014. Online.

·         Eboo Patel: "Toward a Field of Interfaith Studies", Association of American Colleges & Universities, Fall 2013, Vol. 99, No.4.

·         Paul Hedges: "Interreligious Studies", in Runehov, A. and Oviedo, L. (eds) Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religion. New York: Springer 2013, pp. 1076–1080.

·         David Cheetham: "The University and Interfaith Education" i Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, 2005: 1, pp. 16-35.

·         Scott Daniel Dunbar: "The place of interreligious dialogue in the academic study of religion". Journal of Ecumenical Studies 1998: 3-4. Questia link.


See separate bibliography.


·         Journal of Ecumenical Studies (since 1963 – link)

·         Studies in Interreligious Dialogue (since 1991– link)

·         Interreligious Insight. A Journal of Dialogue and Engagement (since 2003 – link)

·         Journal of Inter-Religious Studies (since 2009 – link)

·         Interreligious Studies and Intercultural Theology (since 2017 – link


See comprehensive overview of initiatives/institutions in the US in Patel, Eboo, Jennifer Howe Peace, and Noah J. Silverman (eds.) Interreligious/Interfaith Studies. Defining a New Field. Boston: Beacon Press 2018.