Torkel Brekke

Research Professor

Torkel Brekke
Torkel Brekke left PRIO in 2020. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Events

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All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Brekke, Torkel & Malik Larsen (2020) Allah, Villa, Volvo: Muslim Professionals in the Nordic Countries and Their Financial Attitudes and Practices, Open Library of Humanities 6(2): 1–34.
Brekke, Torkel; Lene Kühle; Göran Larsson & Tuomas Martikainen (2019) Mosques, Muslims, Methods: the Role of Mosques in Research about Muslims in Europe, Journal of Muslims in Europe 8(2): 216–233.
Brekke, Torkel (2018) Halal Money: Financial inclusion and demand for Islamic banking in Norway, Research & Politics 5(1): 1–7.
Brekke, Torkel (2015) Bridging the gap between ancient and modern in the study of religion and violence in India, Journal of Religion and Violence 3(3): 327–333.
Singh, Narpinder; Are Hugo Pripp; Torkel Brekke & Babill Stray-Pedersen (2010) Different sex ratios of children born to Indian and Pakistani immigrants in Norway, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 10(40).
Brekke, Torkel (2009) The Concept of Religion and the Debate on the Rights of Women in the Constitutional Debates of India, Nordic Journal of Religion and Society 22(1): 71–85.
Brekke, Torkel (2009) Beyond Theological Essentialism and Ethnic Reductionism: A Review Essay about Religion and the Peace Process in Sri Lanka, International Journal of Buddhist Thought and Culture 12: 125–156.
Brekke, Torkel (2005) The ethics of war and the concept of war in India and Europe, Numen 52(1): 59–86.
Brekke, Torkel (2004) Wielding the Rod of Punishment - War and Violence in the Political Science of Kautilya, Journal of Military Ethics 3(1): 40–52.

Monograph

Brekke, Torkel (2016) Faithonomics. New York: Oxford University Press.
Brekke, Torkel (2011) Fundamentalism: Prophecy and Protest in an Age of Globalization. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Brekke, Torkel (2002) Makers of Modern Indian Religion in the Late Nineteenth Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Brekke, Torkel (2002) Religious Motivation and the Origins of Buddhism: A Social-Psychological Exploration of the Origins of a World Religion. London: Routledge. Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism.

Book Chapter

Brekke, Torkel (2016) Religious Teachers in the Indian Army, in Brekke, Torkel; & Vladimir Tikhonov, eds, Military Chaplaincy in an Era of Religious Pluralism: Military–Religious Nexus in Asia, Europe, and USA. Dehli: Oxford University Press (15–38).
Brekke, Torkel (2016) Swami Vivekananda: Reason and Religion (England, 1896), in Bentlage, Bjorn; Marion Eggert; Hans-Martin Krämer ; & Stefan Reichmuth, eds, Religious Dynamics under the Impact of Imperialism and Colonialism: a Sourcebook. Leiden: Brill (77–92).
Brekke, Torkel (2016) Introduction: Military Chaplaincy in Comparative Perspective, in Brekke, Torkel; & Vladimir Tikhonov, eds, Military Chaplaincy in an Era of Religious Pluralism: Military–Religious Nexus in Asia, Europe, and USA. Delhi: Oxford University Press (1–14).
Brekke, Torkel (2015) The Indian Tradition, in James Turner Johnson, ed., Ashgate Research Companion to Military Ethics. London: Ashgate (415–427).
Brekke, Torkel (2015) Indian Shia Muslims and ideas of home around Partition in the fiction of Rahi Masoom Reza, in Özdalga, Elisabeth; & Daniella Kuzmanovic, eds, Novel and Nation In the Muslim World. London: Palgrave Macmillan (201–215).
Brekke, Torkel (2014) Secularism and the market for religion in Scandinavia and India, in Loconzsci, Peter; & Walter Van Herck, eds, Secularism, Politics and Religion: Contexts and Concepts In India and Europe. New York: Routledge (158–176).
Brekke, Torkel (2014) The Sikh Tradition, in Reichberg, Gregory M.; & Henrik Syse, eds, The Comparative Ethics of War. New York: Cambridge University Press (672–701).
Brekke, Torkel (2012) Hinduism and Security, in Seiple, Chris; Dennis R. Hoover; & Pauletta Otis, eds, Routledge Handbook of Religion and Security. New York: Routledge (80–94).
Brekke, Torkel (2012) Breaking the Thigh and Breaking the Warrior Code, in Aquil, Raziuddin; & Kaushik Roy, eds, Warfare, Religion, and Society In Indian History. Dehli: Manohar (43–63).
Brekke, Torkel (2012) The Dharam Yudh or Just War in Sikhism, in Kaushik Roy, ed., Warfare and Politics In South Asia from Ancient to Modern Times. New Dehli: Manohar (387–414).

Edited Volume

Brekke, Torkel; & Vladimir Tikhonov, eds, (2016) Military Chaplaincy in an Era of Religious Pluralism: Military–Religious Nexus in Asia, Europe, and USA. Dehli: Oxford University Press. Religion and Democracy.
Tikhonov, Vladimir; & Torkel Brekke, eds, (2015) Buddhism and Violence: Militarism and Buddhism in Modern Asia. London: Routledge. Routledge Studies in Religion.
Brekke, Torkel (ed.) (2009) The Ethics of War in Asian Civilizations: A Comparative Perspective. London: Routledge.

Popular Article

Borchgrevink, Kaja; Marta Bivand Erdal & Torkel Brekke (2019) Id-feiring og muslimsk giverglede, VG, 5 June.

Book Review

Brekke, Torkel (2015) Review of Sullivan, Winnifred Fallers; Elizabeth Shakman Hurd; Saba Mahmood; & Peter G. Danchin, eds, Politics of Religious Freedom, in Reading Religion .

Blog Posts

Europe’s Betrayal of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Posted by Torkel Brekke on Monday, 29 June 2020

An internal battle is currently underway within the European Union (EU) about the best way to understand the Western Balkans. To vastly over-simplify: one view is that the Western outside what we can truly think of as Europe, and will always be unstable and backward; the opposing view is that ... Read more »

Can We Combat Conspiracy Theories about Pandemics?

Posted by Torkel Brekke on Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Did you know that HIV was created by the US government in order to oppress the country’s African American population? Or that researchers engineered the Zika virus to ruin Brazil’s hosting of the 2016 Olympics? Or that coronavirus is linked to the roll-out of 5G mobile networks? This piece is ... Read more »

Eid Celebrations and Muslim Generosity

Posted by Kaja Borchgrevink, Marta Bivand Erdal & Torkel Brekke on Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Today is Eid, the Muslim festival that marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. Families and friends will gather today to enjoy good food and each other’s company. Many Norwegian Muslim children look forward to celebrating Eid, and for many people the social aspects are just as important ... Read more »

Could There Be War in South Asia?

Posted by Torkel Brekke on Wednesday, 6 March 2019

A sinister mixture of geopolitical changes, nationalist sentiments, and election campaigns now has the potential to generate one of the world’s most dangerous security crises. On 14 February, a terrorist attack in Pulwama in the Indian state Jammu & Kashmir killed more than 40 Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) ... Read more »

I Am a Friend of Israel. And I Can't Accept Its Indiscriminate Violence Against Palestinians in Gaza

Posted by Torkel Brekke on Monday, 4 June 2018

The political leadership in Israel often uses the concept of “friend” and “enemy.” Other countries also use those concepts from time to time, but it seems that they are particularly prevalent in Israeli political language. For instance, Prime Minister Netanyahu talks of “true friend” Donald Trump, “close friend” Narendra Modi ... Read more »

“Fake Science” Has Arrived

Posted by Petter Bae Brandtzæg, Torkel Brekke & Lars Wenaas on Friday, 26 May 2017

How did we get into a situation where “the press is lying” and “research is rubbish”? Society is now experiencing a “storm of distrust” that is “powerful and unpredictable”, with growing resistance to established institutions, if we are to believe the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer, published in January. This distrust ... Read more »

On Bullshit and Research

Posted by Torkel Brekke on Monday, 23 January 2017

Researchers who write articles or give interviews must be given approval rights over how their material is presented. My year as an academic has been bookended by a couple of awkward encounters between my own research and a new media reality. The year has also provided a rich crop of ... Read more »

Open Access – Our Academic Responsibility

Posted by Torkel Brekke, Petter Bae Brandtzæg, Johannes Waage Løvhaug, Tove Klæboe Nilsen, John-Arne Røttingen, Oddrun Samdal & Margunn Aanestad on Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The Norwegian government wants Norway to be a forerunner in the effort to ensure open access to published research. To this end, the government established a working group at the start of 2016, assigned with the task of compiling guidelines for open access to scientific papers. We, the working group, ... Read more »