Iselin Frydenlund

Director MF CASR/Associate Professor

Religious Studies

Phone: 22590619
Mobile: 97638992
Office: 367B

Presentation

I hold a PhD in religious studies from University of Oslo (2011) on Buddhism and violence during the Sri Lankan civil war, and my research interests include the role of religion in war and peace, religion and violence, suicide terrorism, interreligious dialogue, and freedom of religion or belief.

My research area is Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Myanmar, specializing in questions concerning the relationship between Buddhism, nationalism, politics and violence. Currently, I am woking on Buddhist political and legal activism in Myanmar and Sri Lanka and Buddhist-Muslim relations in South and Southeast Asia. I take a particular interest in fieldwork methodology in the study of religion in its social context.

For a number of years, I have been affiliated to the Peace Research Institute Oslo, PRIO, and Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, and I have cooperated with the Buddhist Federation of Norway and monastic organizations in Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Bangladesh, on religious minority rights in Buddhist majority states. I am also deeply engaged in an academic exchange program with Myanmar Institute of Theology.

Publications

Oversikt over samlet produksjon (cristin.no)

Selected publications

  • Frydenlund, I. (2017). Religious Liberty for Whom? The Buddhist Politics of Religious Freedom During Myanmar’s Transition to Democracy. Nordic Journal of Human Rights, 35(1), s. 55 - 73. ISSN: 1891-8131
  • Frydenlund, I. (2017). Buddhist Militarism Beyond Texts: The Importance of Ritual during the Sri Lankan Civil War. Journal of Religion and Violence, s. 27 - 48. ISSN: 2159-6808
  • Frydenlund, I. (2017). "Buddhism has Made Asia Mild" : The Modernist Construction of Buddhism as Pacifism. Buddhist Modernities: Re-inventing Tradition in the Globalizing Modern World, s. 204 - 221. Routledge. ISBN: 9781138687844
  • Frydenlund, I. (2017). ‘Operation Dhamma’: The Sri Lankan Armed Forces as an Instrument of Buddhist Nationalism. Military Chaplaincy in an Era of Religious Pluralism: Military–Religious Nexus in Asia, Europe, and USA, s. 81 - 103. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199470747
  • Frydenlund, I. (2016). Bodu Bala Sena: Army of Buddhist Power. World Religions and Spirituality Project. Search in Cristin...
  • Frydenlund, I. (2016). Particularist Goals through Universalist Means: The Political Paradoxes of Buddhist Revivalism in Sri Lanka. Buddhism and the Political Process, s. 97 - 120. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 9781137573995
  • Frydenlund, I. (2013). “Religion, civility and conflict – towards a concept of “critical civility”. Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, 23(1), s. 109 - 124. ISSN: 0926-2326
  • Frydenlund, I. (2012). Canonical Ambiguity and Differential Practices: Buddhism and Militarism in Contemporary Sri Lanka. Buddhism and Violence. Militarism and Buddhism in Modern Asia, s. 95 - 119. Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-53696-7
  • Frydenlund, I. (2005). The Sangha and its relations to the Peace Process in Sri Lanka. Search in Cristin...

Newest scientific publications

  • Frydenlund, I. (2017). The birth of Buddhist politics of religious freedom in Myanmar. Journal of Religious and Political Practice, s. 1 - 15. ISSN: 2056-6107
  • Frydenlund, I. (2017). Buddhist Militarism Beyond Texts: The Importance of Ritual during the Sri Lankan Civil War. Journal of Religion and Violence, s. 27 - 48. ISSN: 2159-6808
  • Frydenlund, I. (2017). Religious Liberty for Whom? The Buddhist Politics of Religious Freedom During Myanmar’s Transition to Democracy. Nordic Journal of Human Rights, 35(1), s. 55 - 73. ISSN: 1891-8131
  • Frydenlund, I. (2017). "Buddhism has Made Asia Mild" : The Modernist Construction of Buddhism as Pacifism. Buddhist Modernities: Re-inventing Tradition in the Globalizing Modern World, s. 204 - 221. Routledge. ISBN: 9781138687844
  • Frydenlund, I. (2017). ‘Operation Dhamma’: The Sri Lankan Armed Forces as an Instrument of Buddhist Nationalism. Military Chaplaincy in an Era of Religious Pluralism: Military–Religious Nexus in Asia, Europe, and USA, s. 81 - 103. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199470747
  • Frydenlund, I. (2016). Bodu Bala Sena: Army of Buddhist Power. World Religions and Spirituality Project. Search in Cristin...
  • Frydenlund, I. (2016). Particularist Goals through Universalist Means: The Political Paradoxes of Buddhist Revivalism in Sri Lanka. Buddhism and the Political Process, s. 97 - 120. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 9781137573995
  • Frydenlund, I. (2013). The Protection of Dharma and Dharma as Protection: Buddhism and Security across Asia. The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Security. Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-66744-9
  • Frydenlund, I. (2013). “Religion, civility and conflict – towards a concept of “critical civility”. Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, 23(1), s. 109 - 124. ISSN: 0926-2326
  • Frydenlund, I. (2012). Canonical Ambiguity and Differential Practices: Buddhism and Militarism in Contemporary Sri Lanka. Buddhism and Violence. Militarism and Buddhism in Modern Asia, s. 95 - 119. Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-53696-7

Education and professional practice

1996 - 1997Post-graduate Studies, London School of Economics
2011PhD, University of Oslo, History of Religion

Positions

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1996Elected National Leader of The Norwegian Solidarity Committee for Latin America (Latin-Amerikagruppene i Norge (LAG)
2005Steering Board Member, Asianettverket (Network for Asia studies in Norway).
2008Institute board member, IKOS, University of Oslo
2010Member of external board, co-operation between PRIO and Indian Defense Studies and Analysis (IDSA).
2012Norwegian representative to the Domain Committee of Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH) in COST (EU)
2016 - presentMember, Scientific Board, MF
2017 - presentEditorial board, Journal of Religion and Violence
2017 - presentAcademic advisor, NORPART Myanmar project at MF
2017 - presentCo-organizer (together with Dr. Jens Borgland) of the Nordic Network for Buddhist Studies