Anne Sofie Roald


  • Geographic Location: Europe

About me:

I am a Historian of Religion, specialised in Islam, with extensive experience from fieldwork and research. My professional profile and research interests include Islamic movements, gender issues in Islam, Muslim immigrants in Europe, particularly in Scandinavia, and multiculturalism, religious minorities.

I have worked as a researcher and lecturer at Department of Theology at Lund University (1990-1999) and at International Migration & Ethnic Relations at Malmø University-College (from 1999 onwards).

I have been a guest lecturer at Wales University (1995-96) and at Al-Maktoum Institute for Arabic & Islamic Studies in Dundee, Scotland (2003-2004).

Since 2006 I have been the director of the programme Politics of Faith at CMI.

Current and recently completed projects:

The Moderation of Islamist Movements
Start: Jan. 2007 (Current)

Religious Dialogue and Peace-Building in Sudan
Start: Dec. 2006 (Current)

Politics of Faith
Start: Jan. 2006 (Current)

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Q'uran on Women’s Leadership

Featured Community Voice: Anne Sofie Roald

Anne-Sofie Roald is an associate professor at the University of Malmo, Sweden, a program director at Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway, and author of Women in Islam: The Western Experience. A historian of religion and convert to Islam, her main work has been in the field of Islamism, gender and migration studies. In this interview she speaks about the past and present of women's political participation in Muslim countries. She explains that women's involvement in politics is a result of Islamic religious and cultural understanding of gender roles.



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