Jacob Høigilt

Senior Researcher

Jacob Høigilt
Email: jachoi@prio.org
Work phone: 22547787
Mobile phone: 41256832

Research Interests

  • Language in politics
  • Islamism
  • Arabic language and culture
  • Youth in the Arab world
  • Contentious politics

See also my profile at ResearchGate and Google Scholar​ for information on and fulltexts of my publications.

Current activities
Three major projects currently take up most of my time. From 2012-December 2016 I head the project Language Change in the Arab World, which is about the political and ideological dimensions of changing language practices in a number of Arab countries, notably Egypt and Morocco. The project has resulted in two major surveys, one of which has already been published. In addition to a number of articles written by the project participants, we will also publish an edited volume, and I will spend the better part of 2016 writing a monograph about the language and ideology of contemporary Arab comics for adults. The project comprises 12 researchers from the Arab world, Europe and North America. It has not web site, but please contact me if you are interested in learning more about it.

The second main project in which I am engaged is The New Middle East​, which is hosted by the Department of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages. Within this project I focus on contentious politics in Palestine, with a focus on young people in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. This project ends in December 2015.

Third, I am excited to take part in the project Aid in Crisis?, led by Kristin Bergtora Sandvik​ at PRIO, which investigates how rights-based approaches (RBA) affect the impact of humanitarian action. My task in this project is to study the Norwegian aid given to Palestine.​


Senior researcher, PRIO (2013-)
Adjunct associate professor, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo (2015-)
Senior researcher, Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies (2009-2013)
PhD fellow, University of Oslo (2004-2008)

PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo (2008)
Cand. Philol. in Arabic, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo (2003)


PRIO started tracking events online in 2007. This listing is not complete. Past events may be mentioned in our news archive.


Recent publications

Høigilt, Jacob; Kristian Takvam Kindt & Tewodros Aragie Kebede (2016) Writing Change: Diglossia and Popular Writing Practices in Egypt [Writing Change: Diglossia and Popular Writing Practices in Egypt], Arabica 63: 324–376.

All publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Høigilt, Jacob; Kristian Takvam Kindt & Tewodros Aragie Kebede (2016) Writing Change: Diglossia and Popular Writing Practices in Egypt [Writing Change: Diglossia and Popular Writing Practices in Egypt], Arabica 63: 324–376.
Høigilt, Jacob (2015) Fatah from Below: The Clash of Generations in Palestine, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. DOI: 10.1080/13530194.2015.1116375.
Høigilt, Jacob (2015) Nonviolent mobilization between a rock and a hard place: Popular resistance and double repression in the West Bank, Journal of Peace Research 52(5): 636–648.
Høigilt, Jacob (2014) Prophets in their own country? Hizb al- Tahrir in the Palestinian context, Politics, Religion & Ideology. DOI: 10.1080/21567689.2014.9656921–17.
Høigilt, Jacob & Frida Austvoll Nome (2014) Egyptian Salafism in Revolution, Journal of Islamic Studies 25(1): 33–55.
Høigilt, Jacob (2013) Islamism and Education: The Nature and Aims of Islamic Schools in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Middle East Critique 22(1): 63–76.
Høigilt, Jacob (2013) The Palestinian Spring that Was Not: The Youth and Political Activism in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Arab Studies Quarterly 35(4): 343–359.
Høigilt, Jacob (2012) Elsker, elsker ikke… Libanon, Palestina og Syria, Internasjonal Politikk(4): 520–528.
Høigilt, Jacob (2011) Håndlangere for Hamas? [Handmaidens for Hamas?], Babylon 9(1): 108–118.
Høigilt, Jacob (2011) Hvordan forstå Muslimbrødrene? Islamisme i den arabiske og den europeiske konteksten [How to understand the Muslim Brothers? Islamism in the Arab and European context], Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift 28(2): 123–135.
Høigilt, Jacob (2010) Rhetoric and Ideology in Egypt's Wasatiyya movement, Arabica 57(2): 251–266.
Høigilt, Jacob (2008) Varieties of Persuasion in Modern Forms of Islamic Proselytizing in Egypt, Revue Des Mondes Musulmans Et De La Méditerranée(124): 243–263.
Høigilt, Jacob (2007) Islamism, Pluralism and the Palestine Question: The Case of Hizbullah, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 34(2): 123–136.
Høigilt, Jacob (2003) For en europeisering av islamismen ["Europeanising" Islamism], Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift(2): 146–152.


Høigilt, Jacob (2011) Islamist Rhetoric: Language and Culture in Contemporary Egypt. London: Routledge. Routledge Arabic Linguistics Series.

Book Chapter

Høigilt, Jacob & Kjetil Bjorvatn (2016) Youth and the Arab Revolutions, in Selvik, Kjetil; & Bjørn Olav Utvik, eds, Oil States In the New Middle East: Uprisings and Stability. London: Routledge (39–56).
Høigilt, Jacob (2015) Hizb al-Tahrir between Context and Ideology, in Adli Daana, ed., Islamic Hizb Ut-Tahrir In Palestine. Beirut: The Arab Institute For Research and Publishing (19–44).
Høigilt, Jacob (2008) Systemic Functional Linguistics and Contemporary Islamic Rhetoric in Egypt, in Ibrahim, Zeinab; & Sanaa M. Makhlouf, eds, Linguistics In an Age of Globalization. Cairo: American University In Cairo Press (181–191).

Non-refereed Journal Article

Høigilt, Jacob & Jon Nordenson (2014) Tahrir-litteraturen [The Tahrir literature], Babylon 2014(1): 92–100.

Conference Paper

Høigilt, Jacob (2014) Fatah from below: The clash of generations in Palestine, presented at World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies, Ankara, 21 August.
Høigilt, Jacob (2013) Failing Against the Odds: Palestinian youth activism in the West Bank, presented at Middle East Studies Association Conference 2013, New Orleans, 10/10/13 – 13/10/13.
Høigilt, Jacob; & Tilde Rosmer (2013) Failing Against the Odds? Palestinian youth mobilization in the West Bank, Gaza and Israel, presented at Everyday life in the Middle East and North Africa, Lund, 19/09/13 – 21/09/13.

PRIO Paper

Høigilt, Jacob; Åshild Falch & Øystein H. Rolandsen (2010) The Sudan Referendum and Neighbouring Countries: Egypt and Uganda, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Høigilt, Jacob & Øystein H. Rolandsen (2010) Making Cooperation Attractive: Post-referendum Relations between Egypt and the Sudan, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - External Series

Høigilt, Jacob (2014) Why is there no third intifada? An analysis of youth activism in the West Bank, NEWME Reports, 5. Oslo: The University of Oslo.
Høigilt, Jacob; Akram Atallah; & Hani el-Dada (2013) Palestinian youth activism: new actors, new possibilities?, NOREF Report. Oslo: NOREF.
Christophersen, Mona; Jacob Høigilt; & Åge A. Tiltnes (2012) Palestinian youth and the Arab Spring, NOREF Report. Oslo: NOREF.
Høigilt, Jacob (2011) Who's who in the new Egypt? A mapping of prominent actors of change, NOREF Report. Oslo: NOREF.
Rolandsen, Øystein H.; & Jacob Høigilt (2010) Egypt and the Darfur Conflict, NOREF Policy Brief, 9. Oslo: NOREF.
Høigilt, Jacob (2010) Darfur between war and peace, NOREF Article. Oslo: NOREF.

Book Review

Høigilt, Jacob (2014) Review of Taking to the Streets: The Transformation of Arab Activism, in American Journal of Islamic Sciences 31(4): 111–114.

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