Annelies Moors

Annelies Moors studied Arabic at the University of Damascus and Arabic and anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. She holds the chair for contemporary Muslim societies at the department of anthropology at the University of Amsterdam.

From 2001-2008 she has been the Amsterdam chair of the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World. She has held visiting positions at the University of San’a, Yemen, and was Honorably Visiting Professor at the London School of Fashion (London University of the Arts). She was the primary investigator of an international NORFACE research programme on ‘The emergence of Islamic fashion in Europe’, and of the NWO Cultural Dynamics programme on ‘Islamic cultural practices and performances: New youth cultures in Europe’. Currently, she is the PI of the NWO programme Muslim Activism in the Netherlands after 1989 and of the ERC advanced grant ‘Problematizing “Muslim Marriages”: Ambiguities and Contestations’.

She has published widely on gender, nation and religion in such fields as Muslim family law and Islamic marriages, wearing gold, the visual media (postcards of Palestine), migrant domestic labor, Islamic fashion, and wearing face-veils. She is also a core group member of the Arab Families Working Group (AFWG). See:


Akhtar, Rajnaara, Rebecca Probyn, and Annelies Moors, 2018, eds. ‘Informal Muslim Marriages: Regulations and Contestations”, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 8, 3.

Akhtar, Rajnaara, Rebecca Probyn and Annelies Moors, 2018, Informal Muslim Marriages: Regulations and Contestations, The Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 7, 3: 367-75

Moors, Annelies, Rajnaara Akhtar and Rebecca Probyn, eds. 2018, Special Issue Unregistered Muslim Marriages: Regulations and Contestations, Sociology of Islam 6, 3

Moors, Annelies, Rajnaara Akhtar and Rebecca Probyn, 2018, ‘Contextualizing Islamic religious-only Marriages, Sociology of Islam 6, 3: 263-73.

Moors, Annelies, Martijn de Koning and Vanessa Vroon-Najem, 2018, ‘Concluding an ‘Illegal Islamic Marriage’ in the Netherlands: Controversy, Criminalization and Contestations’, Sociology of Islam 6, 3: 274-296  10.1163/22131418-00603002


Moors, Annelies, 2018, ‘Adopting a face-veil, concluding an Islamic marriage: autonomy, agency, and liberal secular rule’,  in Marie-Claire Foblets, Michele Graziadei and Alison Dundes Renteln eds., Personal Autonomy in Plural Societies. A principle and ItsParadoxes. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 127-140. Moors autonomy 17 July 2016 prefinal.

Moors, Annelies and Martijn de Koning, 2018, De wetenschap, de NRC en de veiligheidsdiensten,Navest, Aysha, Martijn de Konoing and Annelies Moors, 2018, ‘Jihadbruiden? Hoe Nederlandstalige uitrezigsters naar Syrie trouwen, Zemzem 14, 2: 148-158,

Moors, Annelies and Martijn de Koning, 2018, ‘Jihadisme aan de Amstel? Sociologisch Magazine 2: 24-26 Sociologisch Magazine 2018 no 2

Moors, Annelies, 2018, Book review of In the Name of Women’s Rights: The Rise of Femonationalism. By Sara R. Farris. Duke University Press, 2017, Journal of the American Academy of Religion.

De Koning, Martijn, Annelies Moors en Thijl Sunier, 2018, De institutionalisering van het salafisme. Een bespreking,

Moors, Annelies, 2017, ‘On Autoethnography’ Ethnography 18, 1: 387-389, On autoethnography (6 September 2017)

Moors Annelies, De Koning, Martijn, 25 July 2017, ‘Kom op Maarten, léés ons artikel!’ JOOP.

Moors Annelies, De Koning Martijn, 2017, ‘Een rechtvaardige academische cultuur: vertrouwen, vrijheid en veiligheid voor allen,’ in Closer Blog. (18 juli 2017).

Navest, Aysha, Martijn de Koning, and Annelies Moors, 2016, ‘Chatting about marriage with female migrants to Syria: Agency beyond the victim versus activist paradigm’, Anthropology Today 32, 2: 22-25.

Moors, Annelies, 2014, Waarom vrouwen ‘islamitische huwelijken’ aangaan. Wetgeving, seksualiteit en islam in Nederland en daarbuiten. Utrecht: FORUM Verkenningen. 2014 forum islamitische huwelijken

Moors, Annelies, 2013, ‘Unregistered Islamic marriages: Anxieties about sexuality and Islam’, in Maurits Berger (ed.), The Application of Sharia in the West. Leiden University Press, pp. 141-164.



Moors, Annelies, ‘Problematizing “Muslim Marriages”:Ambiguities and Contestations’, presentation at conference on The Entanglements of Race, Religion and Secularity, University of Amsterdam, 22-23 October

Moors, Annelies, ‘The afterlife of “Chatting about marriage with migrants to Syria”’, presentation at conference on Jihadi (audio) visualities. Meanings, Aesthetics, Appropriations Conference, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. 4 – 5 October 2018.  Link to program.

Moors, Annelies and Vanessa Vroon-Najem, ‘Doing Hijra/Coming Back: Transnational (Im)mobility Among Women Converts to Islam in the Netherlands’, presentation at Conference on ‘Leaving Europe: Alternative Routes of Out/Upward Mobility. Conference’, Leuven, 13 – 14 September 2018. Link to event.

Moors, Annelies and Vanessa Vroon-Najem, presentation of “Converts, Marriage, and the Dutch Nation-state: Contestations about Muslim Women’s Well-being”, at the final seminar of Transnational Muslim Marriages: Wellbeing, Law, and Gender,  at the University of Helsinki, September 7, 2018.

Moors, Annelies, Visualizing sexuality, preaching tolerance, promoting integration: the cultural politics of displaying ‘mixed couples.presentation, presentation at 15th EASA Biennial Conference, Stockholm, 14-17 August 2018.  Link to program.

Moors, Annelies, meeting steering committee INSTRUM, 10-11 juli

Moors, Annelies, ‘The Trouble with Transparency’, presentation at yearly meeting of Antropologen BeroepsVereniging, Leiden, Museum voor Volkenkunde, 18 May

Moors, Annelies, comments on unregistered Muslim marriages, conference of Musaway, 12-13 mei, London.

Moors, Annelies, ‘Debating and concluding ‘Muslim migration marriages’: problematizations , ambiguities, and contestations’, keynote at conference on ‘Europe’s New Migrants: Marriage Practices and Policies, University of Birmingham, 16-17 April 2018.

Moors, Annelies Concluding comments, workshop ‘Marriage, Displacement, and Rights: Vulnerabilities and Aspirations among Syrians in Jordan,’ Amsterdam, 16 March 2018.Moors, Annelies, ‘Problems with the regularization of religious marriages’ key-note  at the conference ‘Religious Marriages in the Mediterranean’, University of Malta, 20-21 March 2018.

Moors, Annelies, Presentation on ‘Muslim Marriages’ and on ‘Muslim Fashion and Anti-Fashion’ Luce Seminar, 1-3 febr UC Davis

Moors, Annelies, The trouble with transparency. A presentation with interventions. Organised by Annelies Moors (UvA) with Peter Geschiere (UvA) and Amade M’charek (UvA). Location: University of Amsterdam, Department of Anthropology. Date: January 24th 2018. Link to event.

Moors, Annelies, ‘The trouble with (celebrating) transparancy: what harm does it do?’ Presentation at the international symposium on Debating Ethics and Integrity: Anthropological Dilemma’s’, University of Amsterdam, 24 January 2018.

Kisch, Shifra, Bavelaar, Rahma, Moors, Annelies, ‘Visuality and the politics of publicly staging ‘mixed couples’, Paper presented at ‘Islamic Visualities and In/Visibilities: Reimagining Public Citizenship,’ LUCIS annual conference, Leiden University, 14 December 2017.

Moors, Annelies, ‘The unequal distribution of vulnerability’, presentation at the round table on ‘From the refugee crisis to the Muslim ban. Vulnerability and anthropology in precarious and neo-liberal times’, AAA, Washington DC, 1 December 2017

Moors, Annelies, ‘Recognition versus redistribution’, presentation at the international conference ‘Getting respect in the Netherlands: Between identity and redistribution’, AISSR, UvA, 14 november 2017.

Moors, Annelies, ‘Jihadisme vs uitreizigers naar Syrie’, presentatie Kwakiutl, University of Amsterdam, 11 October 2017

Moors, Annelies, ‘The shifting grounds of “diversity politics”: a note on bias, transparency, positionality and surveillance’, thinkpiece presented at Seminar What Is The Matter With Diversity, University of Amsterdam, 9-10 May 2017.

Moors, Annelies, Comments presented on ‘Connoisseurial arbitrage: Classifying and valuing milled Ottoman coins in the twenty-first century trade for old gold’ (Samuel Williams),at Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, 3 May 2017

Moors, Annelies, Koning, Martijn de, Vroon-Najem, Vanessa, ‘Concluding a Muslim Marriage in the Netherlands. Controversy, Criminalisation and Contestations’, Presentation at the conference ‘Unregistered Muslim Marriages’, De Montfort University, Leicester, 24-25 April 2017.

Moors, Annelies, ‘Unregistered Muslim Marriages: Regulations and Contestations’, keynote at the conference ‘Unregistered Muslim Marriages’, De Montfort University, Leicester, 24 April 2017

Moors, Annelies, ‘Marriage payments’ revisited, presentation at Al-Najaah National University, Nablus, Palestine, 5 April 2017

Moors, Annelies, discussion Room ACMES, presentation on ‘Moslims en Islamstudies onder vuur’, 9 February 2017.

Moors, Annelies and Vanessa Vroon-Najem, ‘Converts, marriage, and the Dutch nation-state: Contestations about gendered well-being’, paper presented at the workshop ‘Wellbeing of Transnational Muslim Families: Marriage, Law and Gender’ organized by the Academic of Finland and CIMEL, SOAS, London, 29 November 2016.

Moors, Annelies, ‘Interfaith Relations, Love, and Marriage: A note on Concepts’, keynote presentation at the International Conference Interfaith Love: Love, Sex and Marriage in the Islamicate World, Leiden University, June 22, 2016

Moors, Annelies, ‘Problematizing “Islamic Marriages” in the Netherlands’, presentation at the Senior Research Symposium ‘Mixing and Matching: Trends in Muslim Marriages, February 26, 2016, University of Malta

Moors, Annelies, ‘”Islamic marriages”and secular rule: religion, sexuality and the public/private divide.’ ISA International Guest LectureInstitute for Social Anthropology (ISA) and Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, February 26, 2015.

Moors, Annelies, ‘Islamic Marriages in the Netherlands: Beyond the Radicalisation Frame’, presentation at the ACMES Research Convention, ‘Marriage controversies: Public Debates and Lived Experiences’, Amsterdam, 28 January 2015.

Moors, Annelies, ‘Concluding Transnational Muslim Marriages: Concepts, Debates and Practices,’ presentation at the workshop on Transnational Muslim Marriages and Family Lives: Norms, Laws, and Wellbeing, held in London, City University, November 9-10, 2014.

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