Mona Abdel-Fadil is a dedicated and engaging public speaker!


















- Selected Publications -



2017. Identity Politics in a Mediatized Religious Environment on Facebook: Yes to Wearing the Cross Whenever and Wherever I Choose. Journal of Religion in Europe.


2016. Conflict and Affect Among Conservative Christians on Facebook


2016. Let's Talk About Sex: Counselling Muslims Selves Online in CyberOrient.


2016. How Islamic is Islam Online Counselling? in Mellor, N. & Rinnawi, K. (eds)Political Islam: Global Media and the Boundaries of Religious Identity, Routledge.

2016. Golden Age Divas on the Silver Screen: Challenging or Conforming to Dominant Gender Norms? in Journal of

African Cinemas, Intellect Ltd, co-authored with Koen Van Eynde.


2015. Counselling Muslim Selves on Islamic Websites: Walking a Tightrope Between Secular and Religious Counselling Ideals? , Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture.


2015. The Framing of the Islam Online Crisis in Jayusi, L. and Roald, A.S. (eds.), Media and Political Contestation in the Contemporary Arab World: A Decade of Change, Palgrave Macmillan..


2014. Sowing the Seeds of The Message: Islamist Women Activists before, during, and after the Egyptian Revolution in CyberOrient.


2013. Islam Online Guides Spouses towards Marital Bliss: Arabic Vs. English Counselling Perspectives on Marital Communication in Muslims and the New Information and Communication Technologies: Notes from an Emerging and Infinite Field (eds. Hoffmann, T. & Larsson, G.) Springer.


2012. Islam offline—living ‘The message’ behind the screens in Contemporary Islam,


2011. The Islam-Online Crisis: A Battle of Wasatiyya vs. Salafi Ideologies? in CyberOrient.


2011. New Modes of Communication: Social Networking, Text Messaging, Skype: Egypt (Women as The 'New Interpreters' of Islam. The Case of Islam Online) in Encyclopaedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, Brill Online.


2011. Islam Onlines ekteskapsveiledning (Islam Online's Marital Counselling) in Babylon: Nordic Journal of Middle East Studies, 1.






Mona Abdel-Fadil, PhD

Core Areas -

Middle East

  • Anthropology of MENA
  • Contemporary Egypt
  • Gender Relations
  • Online Islam
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Arab Media
  • Family Law
  • Islamism
  • Civic Engagement
  • 'Arab Spring' Transitions
  • Syrian Refugee Crisis


Core Areas



  • Communication
  • Diversity Training
  • Counselling
  • Refugees
  • Introduction Law

- Current Research Activities -


Mona Abdel-Fadil's current ethnopraphic research explores the multiple ways in which social media users may contribute to amplifying or reducing mediatized conflicts about religion. While Mona Abdel-Fadil's current research focuses on a Christian online group in Scandinavia, her previous research focused primarily on contemporary Islam, gender, and the Middle East (See publications). Mona Abdel-Fadil is Editor in Chief of the Religion: Going Public Blog together with Helge Årsheim. She is also the Coordinator of the Nordic Network on Media and Religion and affiliated to C-REX and CIMS.


In 2016 Mona Abdel-Fadil was the guest editor of Cyber Orient’s special issue

on Constructing and Consuming Gender through Media and the lead organiser of The Researching Religious Controversies Conference. The latter is part of a public outreach project entitled New

Public Outreach Strategies for Research on Religious Controversies, designed and headed by

Mona Abdel-Fadil, and funded by The Research Council of Norway.


Disseminating research to the general public, is something Mona Abdel-Fadil is passionate about.

The collaborative blog Religion: Going Public is one such effort. The New Public Outreach Strategies

for Research on Religious Controversies is an outreach project designed with the aim of reaching broader publics in new ways. For instance, the Religion: Going Public blog draws on a unique collaboration with the illustrator Øyvind Westgård. Mona Abdel-Fadil is lead organizer of the event Laugh or Die (May 2017) which focuses on the topic humour and fear and features both an academic panel and a selection of artists who perform comedy on-topic.


Mona Abdel-Fadil will be the guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Religion Digital Media

and Culture on the theme 'Religious Controversies' due to be published in 2018.





Mulitcultural Counselling Practicioner


Mona Abdel-Fadil has designed and taught a range of courses on topics related to multicultural communication, diversity and counselling, with a specific emphasis on refugees.She also provides one to one and group counselling for practitioners.


Mona Abdel-Fadil has taught. trained, and counselled a number of professionals, ranging from social workers to teachers and psychologists on how to better their communication in cross-cultural settings. She tailors her courses to different professions and target groups. Mona Abdel-Fadil also offers one on one or groups counselling sessions and tailored course packages.




Core Areas Media and Religion


  • Media & Religion
  • Media, Culture and Society
  • Media Anthropology


- In Brief -

Mona Abdel-Fadil holds a PhD from the Universtiy of Oslo (2012) and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Media and Communication, at the University of Oslo. Her ongoing research is part of the project: Engaging with Conflicts in Mediatized Religious (CoMRel).


Religion: Going Public Blog


Religion: Going Public aims to disseminate relevant research findings to wider audiences, and engage with and inform contemporary public debates on religion and society.


Editor in Chief & Head of Communications: Mona Abdel-Fadil


Editor in Chief: Helge Årsheim


Members of Editorial Board: Ragna Lillevik, Audun Toft and Erlend H. From



Researcher Profile


Mona Abdel-Fadil (PhD) is an Egyptian-Norwegian social scientist with a background in Social Anthropology, Middle East Area Studies and Religious Studies


Mona Abdel-Fadil is currently researching and teaching on the topic Media and Religion, at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo. Her current research (2015-17) is in conjunction with the SAMKUL project: Engaging with Conflicts in Mediatized Religious Environments - A Comparative Scandinavian Study (CoMRel). CoMRel is headed by Professor Knut Lundby. Abdel-Fadil's subproject seeks to examine the multiple ways in which users of social media play into the constructions of public religious discourse in connection with mediatized conflicts about religion. The goal is to contribute to a more nuanced understanding of the interplay between media and religion, through an in-depth study of audience interactions and the internal dynamics of a particular online milieu. Drawing on rich empirical material from the Norwegian Facebook page: Yes to wearing the cross whenever and wherever I choose, this subproject aims to provide new insights on the multiple ways in which media audiences discuss and shape debates on media and religion.


She earned her PhD from the University of Oslo in 2012. Abdel-Fadil has a background in Social Anthropology, Middle East Area Studies, Religious Studies and Multicultural studies. Her PhD dissertation: Living 'the Message' and Empowering Muslim Selves: A Behind the Screens Study of Online Islam, draws on a combination of offline fieldwork and online research. The study of Islam Online served as Abdel-Fadil's introduction to the field of Media and Religion. She has been the coordinator the Nordic Network for Media and Religion, since 2011.


Mona Abdel-Fadil has designed and taught two BA Anthropology of the Middle East Courses on 'Gender and Family' and 'Culture and Society', for the University of Oslo (2003 and 2012),, and teaching part of the MA course Media, Religion and Conflict at the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo (2015 and 2016). Mona Abdel-Fadil has published several articles on gender relations, contemporary Islam and media and religion in both English and Norwegian.  In addition to having held academic positions at the University of Oslo (2002, 2009-2012), she recently held a one year position as a Senior Researcher at Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies (2013). She has published several articles on gender relations and contemporary Islam in both English and Norwegian. Mona Abdel-Fadil has blogged regularly about transitions in Post-Mubarak Egypt (New Middle East Blog). Abdel-Fadil is affiliated to several international Middle East Journals and Media Journals, and is one of the founding members of Babylon, the Scandinavian Journal of the Middle East, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Mona Abdel-Fadil is one of the founders and regular contributors to the blog Religion: Going Public.