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Love Jihad in Contemporary Art in Norway

Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo, 0316 Oslo, Norway
Academic Editors: Iselin Frydenlund and Eviane Leidig
Religions 2021, 12(12), 1106;
Received: 20 September 2021 / Revised: 19 November 2021 / Accepted: 23 November 2021 / Published: 15 December 2021
This article explores the concept of ‘love jihad’ and the love jihad discourse in a Scandinavian setting, with a particular emphasis on contemporary works of art and popular culture in Norway. Arguing that ‘love jihad’ may be understood as part of a larger cluster of meaning related to fear of love across religious and cultural boundaries, and of losing ‘our women’ to ‘foreign men’, the article demonstrates that the love-jihad discourse and its related tropes exist in the Norwegian public sphere. It is directly articulated in far-right blogs and Facebook groups and indirectly present in the works of art and popular culture that this article explores. Indeed, read intertextually and in light of recent research in sociology and media studies about Islamophobia and anti-Muslim rhetoric on the Internet, works such as Disgraced, Heisann Montebello, SAS plus/SAS pussy, and Norskish demonstrate—through challenging, mocking or discussing the love-jihad discourse—that ‘love jihad’ has echoes in contemporary Norway. View Full-Text
Keywords: love jihad; Norway; islamophobia; art works love jihad; Norway; islamophobia; art works
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Zorgati, R.J. Love Jihad in Contemporary Art in Norway. Religions 2021, 12, 1106.

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Zorgati RJ. Love Jihad in Contemporary Art in Norway. Religions. 2021; 12(12):1106.

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