Welcome to Oddbjørn Leirvik's web site, which mostly deals with

Christian-Muslim Relations
& Interreligious Dialogue



About myself:
see bottom of page


Christian-Muslim and interreligious dialogue
(international links)

in English:

> Interreligious Studies. A Relational Approach to Religious Activism and the Study of Religion (2014).
Images of Jesus Christ in Islam (2010, cf. 1999)
Human Conscience and Muslim-Christian relations (2006)
> Knowing by Oneself, Knowing with the Other (2002)
Co-edited: Teaching for Tolerance in Muslim Majority Societies (2007)
Co-edited: The Power of Faiths in Global Politics (2004


> My list of publications

> Mi publikasjonsliste

Interfaith dialogue
in Norway

på norsk:

> Religionspluralisme. Mangfald, konflikt og dialog i Norge (tredje utgåve 2016)

> Islam og kristendom: konflikt og dialog (andre utgåve 2014) < på dansk 2010 < første utgåve på norsk 2006.
> Islamsk etikk – ei idéhistorie (2002)
> Andre:
Verdier (medred. 2008) Religionsdialog på norsk (2001), Abrahams barn (2000), Møte med islam (1990)

Religion in Norway


> Kristendom, teologi, kyrkje (preiker, foredrag o.a.)

The Oslo Coalition
on Freedom of Religion or Belief


> ISLAM I NORGE (oversikt, artiklar)
Islam, Koranen, islamsk etikk (lenker, artiklar, forelesingar)
Islamstudiar, islamsk teologi og imamutdanning

Interreligious Studies

og kristne:

> INTERRELIGIØSE NYHEITER (mest om muslimar, kristne og humanetikarar)
Kristen-muslimsk dialog (rapportar, foredrag o.a.)
> Kontaktgruppa for Den norske kyrkja/Islamsk Råd

– religion, ethics and dialogue

Dialog og kritisk samtale:

> Religionsdialog i Norge (artiklar, lenker)
> Religion og dialog i skulen  (artiklar, lenker)
Religion, vald, fred (diverse stoff)
Religionskritikk (diverse stoff)


Interreligious comics

About myself, and my context

I am a Professor in Interreligious Studies at the Faculty of Theology (Det teologiske fakultet), University of Oslo. My fields of research and teaching are Islam, Christian-Muslim Dialogue, Inter-Religious Dialogue in general, Religion and Society, and Systematic Theology.

After graduating from the
Norwegian School of Theology (Det teologiske Menighetsfakultet) in 1979, I was ordained as a minister in the Lutheran Church of Norway. During my studies, I lived for some years in the village of Aust-Torpa, at the Student Christian Movement's conference centre Haugtun. My first job was as General Secretary of the Student Christian Movement in Norway. I then served for ten years as a parish minister in Paulus kirke (St. Paul's church), which is located in the multicultural city district of Grünerløkka, Oslo. After that, and until 1996, I was the director of the Emmaus centre for dialogue and spirituality, Oslo. Since the 1980s, I have been involved in inter-religious dialogue in different contexts, with a particular focus on Christian-Muslim dialogue. I am a founding member of the national Contact Group between the Church of Norway and the Islamic Council of Norway (from 1993).

Contact: oddbjorn.leirvik@teologi.uio.no


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