Crusades rhetoric, ideology and extremism in light of the Oslo and Utøya attacks.


A conversation between Lisa Bjurwald, Øyvind Strømmen, Thomas Hegghammer and Lena Lindgren.

Wednesday 29. February 2012, 19:00 until 20:00

Venue: Wergeland

Host: Litteraturhuset

Entrance: Free entry

How do the crusades and the assertion of an eternal conflict between Christianity and Islam appear in the public debate of Europe today? How are they employed by jihadist and counterjihadist groups, and how do they affect the public debate?

A journalist and a writer, Lisa Bjurwald recently published Europas skam. Rasister på frammarsj (t: The Disgrace of Europe. Racists Advancing), about right-wing populism in Europe. Thomas Hegghammer is a researcher at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment and an expert on jihadist groups, while journalist Øyvind Strømmen for many years has monitored online extremist groups, documented in his book Det mørke nettet (t: The Dark Web) (2011). The conversation will be lead by Lena Lindgren, editor at Morgenbladet.