Torkel Brekke

Research Professor

Torkel Brekke
Email: torkel@prio.org
Work phone: +47 22 54 77 27
Mobile phone: +47 98 82 98 09
Twitter: @BrekkeTorkel

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All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

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.

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

“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 »