Ibtisam Sadegh

Ibtisam Sadegh obtained a Doctor of laws (LL.D.) at the University of Malta. For her thesis she conducted a comparative research between Sharia Councils, Muslim Arbitration Tribunal and the Beth Din in England and Wales, and the Ecclesiastical Tribunals in Malta. As a PhD researcher in the ERC project ‘Problematizing ‘Muslim Marriages’: Ambiguities and Contestations’, she is currently conducting ethnographic research with interfaith couples in Ceuta, a Spanish enclave on the Moroccan North African coast.


Sadegh Ibtisam, (2019) Third Country National. In: Bartolini A., Cippitani R., Colcelli V. (eds) Dictionary of Statuses within EU Law. Springer, Cham. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-00554-2_74

Sadegh, Ibtisam, and David E. Zammit.  2018, “Legitimizing a Muslim Marriage in Malta: Navigating Legal and Normative Structures.” Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 7,3



Sadegh, Ibtisam, ‘The Mestizos of Ceuta: Marriage, Mixing and Blending of Ethnoreligious Boundaries’, European Association of Social Anthropologist (EASA), University of Stockholm, 14 – 17 August 2018

Sadegh, Ibtisam, ‘Interfaith Marriages in Ceuta’ presentation at the conference ‘Multiculturalism, Integration, and Conflict’, conference organized by UNED and Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Campus Universitario de Ceuta University of Malta, 20 – 21 September 2018.

Sadegh, Ibtisam, ‘Problematizing Interfaith Marriages in Ceuta,’ presentation at the conference ‘Religious Marriages in the Mediterranean’, University of Malta, 20-21 March 2018.

Sadegh, Ibtisam, ‘Can Third Country Nationals Access their Universal Right to Marry in Malta?’ presentation at the workshop ‘Europe, Fundamental Rights and Private Law in Malta,’ at conference ‘European Dimensions of Individual Economic Status’, University of Malta, 3 July 2017

Sadegh, Ibtisam and Zammit, David, ‘Legitimizing Maltese Muslim Marriages’, presentation at the conference Unregistered Muslim Marriages: Regulations and Contestations, Leicester, 25 April 2017

Sadegh, Ibtisam, ‘Concluding Interfaith-Muslim Marriages in Ceuta’, presentation at the International Conference Interfaith Love: Love, Sex and Marriage in the Islamicate World, Leiden University, June 22, 2016

Sadegh, Ibtisam, ‘Concluding Interfaith-Muslim Marriages in Ceuta’, presentation at the Senior Research Symposium ‘Mixing and Matching: Trends in Muslim Marriages, University of Malta, February 26th, 2016

Sadegh, Ibtisam, ‘Marriage Law, Marriage Stories: Muslims in Malta’, presentation at the ACMES Research Convention, ‘Marriage controversies: Public Debates and Lived Experiences’, Amsterdam, 28 January 2015

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