Professor Torkel Brekke is the author of a number of articles and several books including Makers of Modern Indian Religion (2002), Fundamentalism: Prophecy and Protest in an Age of Globalization (2012) and Faithonomics: Religion and the Free Market (2016). He is also the editor of The Ethics of War in Asian Civilization (2005) and has co-edited Buddhism and Violence: Militarism and Buddhism in Modern Asia (2012) and Military Chaplaincy in an Era of Religious Pluralism (2017).
Brekke completed a DPhil degree at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, in 1999. The focus of his doctoral work was the transformation in religion in South Asia during the colonial period and the changing political significance of religious identities that these transformations entailed. After his doctorate he worked for one year as adviser in the Norwegian Ministry of Defence.
Brekke is currently Deputy Director at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). He is also one of four theme leaders at the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo and works part-time in the liberal think tank Civita.