Dina Zbeidy

Dina Zbeidy completed her Bachelor degree in Sociology, Anthropology and Political Science. In 2010 she received the Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree in Anthropology at Columbia University New York. Her focus lays on theories of nationalism, state building, colonization and indigenous studies. Her final thesis researched the education policies of the State of Israel and how they attempt to shape different national and non-national identities in accordance with state-ideologies.  She is currently a PhD student at the University of Amsterdam, with the ERC-funded Project Problematizing “Muslim Marriages”: Ambiguities and Contestations.

You can find out more about her on her Linkedin page.



Zbeidy, Dina, 2018, ‘Marriage Registration among Palestinians and Syrians in Jordan: Debating Identity, Society, and Displacement’, Sociology of Islam 6, 3: 359-380. Pre-final version.



Zbeidy, Dina. Marriage and displacement in Jordan: Practices and discourses among refugees and development organizations, presentation ERC MusMar Workshop ‘Politics and/of “Muslim Marriages”‘, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2 July 2019.

Zbeidy, Dina. Displacement, aspirations, and marriages among Syrians in Jordan, presentation British Academy Conference ‘Child Marriage in Forced Migration’, London, UK, 16 May 2019.

Zbeidy, Dina. Narratives of Vulnerability: The Approach of International Organizations to “Early Marriages” among Refugees in Jordan, presentation at the ACMES Research Convention ‘Multiple Encounters: Europe in the Middle East / the Middle East in Europe,’ Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 17 December 2018.

Zbeidy, Dina. Human rights organizations and refugee communities in Jordan, guest lecture Amsterdam University College, the Netherlands, 6 November 2018.

Zbeidy, Dina. Remaking home: Marriage and family among Syrians in Jordan, presentation WOCMES, Seville, Spain, 19 July 2018.

Zbeidy, Dina. Displacement and Marriage: Experiences and Perspectives of Syrians and Palestinians in Jordan, presentation WOCMES, Seville, Spain, 18 July 2018.

Zbeidy, Dina. Marriage, Displacement, and Rights: Vulnerabilities and Aspirations among Syrians in Jordan, presentation Symposium ‘Navigating Displacement and Humanitarian Responses’, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 16 March 2018.

Zbeidy, Dina. Marriage Practices and Discourses among Palestinians in Jordan: Legalities, Space, and Senses of Belonging, presentation AAA Conference, Washington DC, USA, 1 December 2017.

Zbeidy, Dina. Making a New Home: Marriage as Aspiration among Syrian Refugees in Jordan, presentation PACSA Conference ‘The Making of Peace, Conflict and Security: Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion’, 28 August 2017.

Zbeidy, Dina. Marriages among Syrians Refugees in Jordan: between Discourses of Oppression and Aspiration, presentation John Hopkins Graduate Conference ‘Enacting Aspiration’, Baltimore, USA, 30 April 2017 (online presentation).

Zbeidy, Dina. Problematizing Marriage Registration in Jordan: Identities, Legalities, and Customs, presentation Conference ‘Unregistered Muslim Marriages: Regulations and Contestations’, Leicester, UK, 25 April 2017.

Zbeidy, Dina. Love, Age, Magic and Mothers: Civil Society and Refugees in Jordan Talk about Marriage, presentation Second Mada al-Carmel Conference for PhD students, Nazareth, Israel, 15 April 2016.

Zbeidy, Dina. Marriage Controversies in Beirut: A Preliminary Note on Categorization, presentation ACMES Research Convention ‘Marriage controversies: Public Debates and Lived Experiences’, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 28 January 2015.


Media / Outreach

Zbeidy, Dina, 2017, Widowhood, Displacement and Friendships in Jordan. Refugee Hosts Blog. Available online.


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