Iris Kolman

Iris Kolman obtained her MSc in International Development Studies, cum laude, at the University of Amsterdam. She did a qualitative study of women activism in Tunisia and, based on her thesis, published a chapter on female activism in Salafism in Salafism After the Arab Awakening: Contending with People’s Power, ed. by Francesco Cavatorta and Fabio Merone (Hurst, 2017). She is currently a PhD researcher in the ERC ‘Problematizing “Muslim Marriages”’ project. Her project investigates cohabitation and ‘urfi (non-registered) marriages in Tunisia. She explores whether these practices are similar solutions to bridge the gap till partners are able to conclude a state-registered marriage, or if these different ways of dealing with sexuality outside of wedlock point to a growing divide between different worldviews.



Kolman, Iris (2018) Beyond Non-Registration: Women Opting for Cohabitation in Tunis. Sociology of Islam, 6: 381- 400.


Kolman, Iris, ‘Happily Unmarried in Tunis: cohabitation through the lens of space,’ presentation at WOCMES in Sevilla, Spain, on 19 July 2018.

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