Professor at Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
Biography. Jonas Otterbeck was trained in Islamic Studies at Lund University, Sweden, from where he has received a B.A. in Arabic, a Phil. Lic. and a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies. He was appointed associate professor in 2010 and professor in 2013. He has further worked at International Migration and Ethnical Relations at Malmö University, Sweden, and been visiting scholar in Oxford and Florence. At present, he is a professor at Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London.
His research has mainly dealt with Islam in Europe, particularly focusing on Muslim youth, Islamic discourse, Islamophobia and the relation between European states and Muslim organisations. The last decade, Otterbeck has increasingly engaged himself in popular culture studies focusing especially on Islamic pop music. In his research, Otterbeck relates especially to theories from sociology and anthropology and from different branches of religious studies.
Scientific works: “Muslims in western Europe” (2015) (with J. Nielsen), “Researching Music Censorship” (ed.) (2017), “Islam and Popular Music” in Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music (2017).