‘Several’ charged in attack on publisher

Norway’s state police unit Kripos has charged “several” people in connection with the attempted assassination of William Nygaard in 1993. Nygaard headed Oslo publishing firm Aschehoug at the time and the attack was tied to Nygaard’s decision to publish a Norwegian version of Salman Rushdie’s book Satanic Verses. That made Nygaard a target following a fatwa (death […]

High court upholds Islamist’s jail term

Norway’s highest court (Høyesterett) has sentenced Islamic extremist Ubaydullah Hussain to nine years in prison for taking part in the brutal terrorist organization IS. That upholds both an appeals- and city court’s sentence and formally puts his conviction into force. “This marks the final outcome of the case,” Hussain’s lead defense attorney, John Christian Elden, […]

Somalian leader to probe ‘Koran schools’

Prime Minister Erna Solberg met with her Somalian counterpart at the World Economic Summit in Davos this week, and he promised her that he would investigate concerns about alleged brutality at so-called “Koran schools” in Somalia. Hassan Ali Khaire, who retains a Norwegian passport after arriving in Norway as a refugee in 1989 before returning […]

Islamist guilty of terror recruiting

An appeals court in Oslo has found Ubaydullah Hussain, a self-proclaimed Islamist, guilty of supporting the terrorist organization ISIL and recruiting “vulnerable souls” for it. The court upheld Hussain’s earlier sentence to prison for nine years, in a case that involves the first indictment under a law forbidding both membership in and recruiting for a […]

New study reveals religious attitudes

Anti-Semitism has declined in Norway, but a new study shows Muslims are more negative towards Jews than the rest of the population. The report also shows what a government minister calls a “worrisome” degree of Islamophobia in Norway. The report, entitled “Attitudes towards Jews and Muslims in Norway 2017,” is the latest to be commissioned […]

New Muslim organization stresses dialogue

Five Muslim groups that broke out of Norway’s conflict-ridden Islamic Council (Islamsk Råd Norge, IRN) have formed a new organization called Muslim Dialogue Network Norway (MDN). The government minister in charge of culture, religion and sports welcomed the initiative. “I’m glad they’ve established initiatives that will help keep dialogue on faith from stopping up,” Linda […]

Islamic Council loses its state funding

UPDATED: Norway’s conservative government announced on Monday that it has lost confidence in  Norway’s Islamic Council (Islamsk Råd Norge). Conflicts have swirled both internally and around the council, and Culture Minister Linda Helleland said the government’s annual financial grant of NOK 1.3 million (USD 165,000) would not be paid out. “There is considerable doubt whether the […]

TV program leader confronts her critics

A young Muslim woman who won fame in Norway for speaking out against Islamic extremists made her TV debut Thursday night as leader of a  program aimed at encouraging other young Norwegians to vote. Faten Mahdi al-Hussaini also responded to all the criticism state broadcaster NRK has received for allowing her to wear her hijab on the air, suggesting it […]

NRK upset by flap over anchor’s hijab

Norway’s state broadcasting company NRK has received more than 3,000 complaints over an upcoming new TV program, tied to the parliamentary election in September, that allows its Muslim anchor to wear her hijab on air. “I see that there are strong and dark forces that don’t want young Muslims to be visible,” claims NRK’s chief, Thor Gjermund Eriksen. The […]

PST won’t specify Islamic extremists

Norway’s police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) is facing criticism for its reluctance to be more specific about terror threats posed by Islamic extremists. Not only will it not attach a number to how many extremists may be in Norway, it didn’t pass on warnings that an Islamic cleric suspected of having ties to terror group IS was on […]