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 The emergence of Islamic fashion in Europe, and the NWO Cultural Dynamics programme 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).

For full information, visit her personal website.

 

Publications

BOOKS, EDITED VOLUMES, SPECIAL ISSUES, and FILMS

Moors, Annelies, Rajnaara Akhtar and Rebecca Probert, 2018, co-editor, Special Issue ‘Non-state registered marriages’, The Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 7, 3.

Moors, Annelies, Rajnaara Akhtar and Rebecca Probert, 2018, co-editor, Special Issue ‘Unregistered Muslim Marriages: Regulations and Contestations’, Sociology of Islam 6, 3.

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

ARTICLES IN ACADEMIC JOURNALS and EDITED VOLUMES

Kisch, Shifra, Annelies Moors and Rahma Bavelaar. ‘The intimate politics of publicly staging ‘mixed couples’’, submitted to the European Journal of Cultural Studies.

Moors, Annelies, 2019. ‘No escape: the force of the security frame in academia and beyond’, in Fadil, Nadia, Martijn de Koning, and Francesco Ragazzi (eds.), Radicalization in Belgium and the Netherlands: Critical Perspectives on Violence and Security. London: Bloomsbury. pp. 245-259. Chapter available.

Moors, Annelies, 2019. ‘The trouble with transparency: Reconnecting ethics, integrity, epistemology, and power’. Ethnography 20,2: 149-169. Open Access.

Moors, Annelies and Vanessa Vroon-Najem, 2019. ‘Converts, Marriage, and the Dutch Nation-state: Contestations about Muslim Women’s Well-being’, in Tillikainen, Marja, Mulki Al-Sharmani and Sanna Mustasaari (eds.), Wellbeing of Transnational Muslim Families: Marriage, Law and Gender. London: Routledge. Chapter available.

Akhtar, Rajnaara, Rebecca Probert and Annelies Moors, 2018. ‘Informal Muslim Marriages: Regulations and Contestations’, The Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 7, 3: 367-375. Pre-final version.

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

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 ReligionOpen Access.

Moors, Annelies, Rajnaara Akhtar and Rebecca Probert, 2018. Introduction: ‘Contextualizing Muslim Religious-Only Marriages’, Sociology of Islam 6, 3: 263-273. Pre-final version.

Moors, Annelies and Martijn de Koning, 2018. Jihadisme aan de Amstel? Sociologisch Magazine 2: 24-26.

Moors, Annelies, Martijn de Koning and Vanessa Vroon-Najem, 2018. ‘Secular Rule and Islamic Ethics. Engaging with Muslim-Only Marriages in the Netherlands’, Sociology of Islam, 6, 3: 274-296. Pre-final version.

Navest, Aysha, Martijn de Koning and Annelies Moors, 2018. Jihadbruiden? Hoe Nederlandstalige uitreizigsters naar Syrie trouwen. Zemzem: Tijdschrift over het Midden-Oosten, Noord-Afrika en islam 14, 2: 148-158.

Moors, Annelies, 2017. ‘On Autoethnography’, Ethnography 18, 1: 387-389. Open Access.

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. Open Access.

Moors, Annelies, 2014. ‘Face veiling in the Netherlands: public debates and women’s narratives’, in Brems, Eva (ed.), The Experiences of Face Veil Wearers in Europe and the Law. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 19-41. Chapter available.

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

 

Presentations

Moors, Annelies and Samah Saleh. Liberating the sperm, producing life, Conference ‘Resistance is fertile’. Goldsmiths University, UK, 14 September 2019.

Moors, Annelies. Unregistered Muslim marriages in the Netherlands and Palestine: The law, public debate and everyday life. Max Planck Institute, Hamburg, Germany, 12 September 2019.

Moors, Annelies. “Muslim marriages”: What does Islam have to do with it?, Conference ‘Conceptualising Religion’. German Association for the Study of Religion, Hannover, Germany, 5 September 2019.

Moors, Annelies and Samah Salah. Sperm in Palestine: Incarceration, Marriage, and Procreation, Musmar Conference ‘Politics and/of Muslim Marriages’. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2-3 July 2019.

Moors, Annelies and Vanessa Vroon-Najem. Navigating marrying ‘Islamically’ as a convert to Islam in the Netherlands, International ERC Muslim Marriages Workshop ‘The Multiple Materialities of Muslim Marriages’. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 13-14 June 2019.

Moors, Annelies. Shifting styles of registering the dower and buying/wearing gold in Nablus, International ERC Muslim Marriages Workshop ‘The Multiple Materialities of Muslim Marriages’. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 13-14 June 2019.

Moors, Annelies and Vanessa Vroon-Najem. The multiple meanings of making hijra, Workshop on ‘Hijra’. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 11 June 2019.

Moors, Annelies. Comment Academic Freedom of Speech. AISSR, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 20 May 2019.

Moors, Annelies. Comments, Workshop ‘Authorship and large projects’. London School of Economics, London, UK, 13 May 2019.

Moors, Annelies and Penny Johnson. Foreign to Palestinian Society? Young People and Men of Religion Talk About ‘urfi Marriage, Moral Dangers and the Colonial Present. Najaah University, Nablus, 16 April 2019 (in Arabic).

Moors, Annelies and Penny Johnson. Foreign to Palestinian Society? Young People and Men of Religion Talk About ‘urfi Marriage, Moral Dangers and the Colonial Present, INSRUM Conference ‘Muslim Marriages: Plurality of Norms and Practices’. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 12 April 2019.

Moors, Annelies. Problematizing Muslim marriages / entering into Muslim marriages: Engaging with different forms of critique, Workshop ‘Ethnography, Religion and Traveling Critique between Europe and MENA’. Nederlands-Vlaams Instituut, Cairo, Egypt, 15-16 March 2019.

Moors, Annelies. The trouble with transparency: Doing research on Islam/the Middle East at the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies(ACMES) Research Convention ‘Multiple Encounters: Europe in the Middle East / the Middle East in Europe’. Amsterdam, Netherlands, 17 December 2018.

Moors, Annelies. Anthropologists in the field of Islam: An auto-ethnographic note on ethics, integrity and academic freedom, keynote Conference ‘Law, Islam and Anthropology’. Department Law and Anthropology, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany, 9-10 November 2018.

Moors, Annelies. Problematizing “Muslim Marriages”: Ambiguities and Contestations, Conference ‘Entanglements of Race, Religion and Secularity’. University of Amsterdam, 22-23 October 2018.

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

Moors, Annelies and Vanessa Vroon-Najem. Paper presentation Doing Hijra/Coming Back: Transnational Mobility Among Converts to Islam in the Netherlands and screening video portrait from the exhibition Marrying Before Allah – Personal Stories of Converts, Conference ‘Leaving Europe, Alternative Routes of Out/Upward Mobility’. KU Leuven, Belgium, 13-14 September 2018.

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

Moors, Annelies. Visualizing sexuality, preaching tolerance, promoting integration: the cultural politics of displaying ‘mixed couples’, Annual EASA Conference. Stockholm, Sweden, 14-17 August 2018. Link to program.

Moors, Annelies, Rahma Bavelaar and Shifra Kisch. The affective politics of publicly staging ‘mixed couples’, Annual EASA Conference. Stockholm, Sweden, 14-17 August 2018.

Moors, Annelies. Meeting steering committee INSTRUM, 10-11 July 2018.

Moors, Annelies. The Trouble with Transparency, Annual Meeting Antropologen Beroeps Vereniging. Museum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden, Netherlands, 18 May 2018.

Moors, Annelies. Comments on Unregistered Muslim marriages, conference of Musawah. London, UK, 12-13 May 2018.

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

Moors, Annelies. Problems with the regularization of religious marriages, keynote Conference ‘Religious Marriages in the Mediterranean’. University of Malta, 20-21 March 2018.

Moors, Annelies. Concluding comments, Workshop ‘Marriage, Displacement, and Rights: Vulnerabilities and Aspirations among Syrians in Jordan’. Amsterdam, Netherlands, 16 March 2018.

Moors, Annelies. Muslim Marriages and Muslim Fashion and Anti-Fashion, Luce Seminar. UC Davis, USA, 1-3 February 2018.

Moors, Annelies. The trouble with transparency, presentation with interventions Annelies Moors, with Peter Geschiere and Amade M’charek. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 24 January 2018. Link to event.

Moors, Annelies. The trouble with (celebrating) transparency: what harm does it do?, International Symposium ‘Debating Ethics and Integrity: Anthropological Dilemmas’. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 24 January 2018.

Moors, Annelies, Shifra Kisch and Rahma Bavelaar. Visuality and the politics of publicly staging ‘mixed couples’, LUCIS Annual Conference ‘Islamic Visualities and In/Visibilities: Reimagining Public Citizenship’. Leiden University, Netherlands, 13-15 December 2017.

Moors, Annelies, Vanessa Vroon-Najem and Wendy van Wilgenburg. Public Displays of Intimate Choices: Filming Conversations about Finding a Partner and Getting Married with Converts to Islam in the Netherlands & screening two video-portraits from the exhibition Marrying Before Allah – Personal Stories of Converts, Conference ‘Islamic Visualities and (In)Visualities: Reimagining Public Citizenship?’. Leiden University, Netherlands, 13 December 2017.

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

Moors, Annelies. Recognition versus redistribution, International Conference ‘Getting respect in the Netherlands: Between identity and redistribution’. AISSR, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 14 November 2017.

Moors, Annelies and Julie McBrien. Difficult Research, Problematizing Muslim Marriages: Ambiguities and Contestations. Department of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam, 12 October 2017.

Moors, Annelies. Muhajirat shaam: Wat vertellen hun huwelijken ons?, Kwakiutl ‘Jihadisme vs uitreizigers naar Syrie’. Amsterdam, Netherlands, 11 October 2017.

Moors, Annelies. Comments on ‘Islamophobia and Antisemitism: Reflections of an Arab-Jew’ (by Ella Shohat), Conference on Islamophobia and Antisemitism. De Nieuwe Liefde, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 21 June 2017.

Moors, Annelies. The shifting grounds of “diversity politics”: a note on bias, transparency, positionality and surveillance, Seminar ‘What Is The Matter With Diversity’. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 8-9 May 2017.

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

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

Moors, Annelies. Unregistered Muslim Marriages: Regulations and Contestations, keynote Conference ‘Unregistered Muslim Marriages’. De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, 24 April 2017.

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

Moors, Annelies. Moslims en Islamstudies onder vuur. Amsterdam Center for Middle Eastern Studies (ACMES) Discussion Room, Netherlands, 9 February 2017.

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

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

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

Moors, Annelies. Interactive conversation with Thomas Eriksen, Conference ‘Antropologie van de Toekomst’ (Anthropology of the Future). Amsterdam, Netherlands, 21 April 2015.

Moors, Annelies. Moderator book presentation ‘Men in charge?: rethinking authority in Muslim legal tradition’ (eds. Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Mulki Al-Sharmani & Jana Rumminger). SOAS, London, UK, 8 March 2015.

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

Moors, Annelies. Islamic Marriages in the Netherlands: Beyond the Radicalisation Frame, Amsterdam Center for Middle Eastern Studies (ACMES) Research Convention ‘Marriage controversies: Public Debates and Lived Experiences’. Amsterdam, Netherlands, 28 January 2015.

Moors, Annelies. Concluding Transnational Muslim Marriages: Concepts, Debates and Practices, Workshop ‘Transnational Muslim Marriages and Family Lives: Norms, Laws, and Wellbeing’. City University, London, UK, 9-10 November 2014.

Moors, Annelies. Muslim Marriages. Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 3 March 2014.

 

Media / Outreach 

Moors, Annelies, 2019. Beperkt of bevrijd? Het verbod op gezichtsbedekking en de gevolgen voor boerkadragers (interview). NOS Nieuwsuur.

Moors, Annelies, 2019. Boerkaverbod (interview). Baaaz Podcast.

Moors, Annelies, 2019. Boerkaverbod: ‘moeilijk politiek compromis’ dat eigenlijk niets oplost (interview). NRC.

Moors, Annelies, 2019. Dutch Officials Decline to Enforce New Partial Ban on Burqas (interview). The New York Times.

Moors, Annelies, 2019. Over de niqaab en hoge hakkenCLOSER: An anthropology of Muslims in Europe blog.

De Koning, Martijn, Annelies Moors and Thijl Sunier, 2018. De institutionalisering van het salafisme. Een bespreking. CLOSER: An anthropology of Muslims in Europe blog.

Moors, Annelies and Martijn de Koning, 2018. De wetenschap, de NRC en de veiligheidsdienstenCLOSER: An anthropology of Muslims in Europe blog.

Moors Annelies and Martijn de Koning, 2017. Een rechtvaardige academische cultuur: vertrouwen, vrijheid en veiligheid voor allen. CLOSER: An anthropology of Muslims in Europe blog.

Moors, Annelies and Martijn de Koning, 2017. Kom op Maarten, léés ons artikel!JOOP. 

De Koning, Martijn, Aysha Navest and Annelies Moors, 2016. European Brides in the Islamic StatesSapiens.

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