Iselin Frydenlund was an External Associate at PRIO until 2018.

Iselin Frydenlund

Associate Professor, Norwegian School of Theology


Mobile phone: 47976 38 992

Twitter: @IselinFryd


Research Interests

Her research interests include the role of religion in war and peace, religion and violence, suicide terrorism, interreligious dialogue in its various forms, and freedom of religion or belief. She works specifically on Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Myanmar, currently focusing on Buddhist-Muslim relations. She is particularly interested in fieldwork methodology in the study of religion in its social context, as well as fieldwork ethics. Since 2013 she has been working together with the Buddhist Federation of Norway and monastic organizations in Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Bangladesh, on religious minority rights in Buddhist majority states. She has also been Research Fellow at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, leading a project on legal regulation of religion in Myanmar.

Iselin Frydenlund is Associate Professor in Religious Studies at MF Norwegian School of Theology and Director of the MF Centre for the Advanced Study of Religion (MF CASR). Until 2015 she was a senior researcher at PRIO and has since been a PRIO External Affiliate.

See also her webpage at MF.

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