History of Religions


Language of instruction

2 years (120 ECTS)

Application deadlines
Feb 1st
Nordic citizens: June 1st

Online application opens November 1st

History of Religions

  • Why is Jerusalem still such a contested place?
  • What are the reasons for the systematic destruction by the Islamic State (IS) of the cultural heritage of the past?
  • Why do sacred texts produced centuries ago continue to shape the lives of people today?
  • How are they used and abused?
  • Why does the sword sometimes replace the word in religious matters?
  • How did religious groups, ideas and artifacts travel from one continent to another and how did that migration transform them?
  • In other words, how did religious conflicts and encounters shape the modern world and why do they still matter today?

These are some of the topics MF Norwegian School of Theology tackles in its M.Phil programme in History of Religions, with a primary focus on Religion in the Pre-Modern World: Encounters and Conflicts.