Starting with an overview of how particular forms of unconventional Muslims marriages have come to be problematized both in the global North and South, the main focus of ‘Problematizing “Muslim marriages”: Ambiguities and Contestations’ is on concluding marriages as a social process and practice. What kinds of more or less controversial marriage forms and wedding celebration are emerging, who are participating in them, and how are they performed? Particular attention is paid to the intersections of gender and religion, and whether and how new, unconventional marriage forms are authenticated, authorized or contested as Muslim marriages. The wider question this project addresses is what economic, political, religious and cultural work these new Muslim marriages do.
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