Eva F. Nisa

Eva Nisa is currently a lecturer at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Previously a post-doc fellow in the ERC Project Problematizing ‘Muslim Marriages’, she is still an active member of the team and an affiliated researcher.

Nisa received her Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology, Australian National University in 2013. She completed her Master’s degree at the University of Leiden (the Netherlands) with a major in Islamic Studies. Previously, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Islamic studies at the Faculty of Theology, Al-Azhar University (Egypt).

Nisa focuses on three research topics relating to unconventional marriages: online siri (secret) marriage in Jakarta (Indonesia), contract marriage in Bogor (Indonesia), and halal (Shari’a compliant) speed dating in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).



Nisa, Eva, 2018. ‘The bureaucratization of Muslim marriage in Indonesia’, Journal of Law and Religion 33, 2: 291-309. Pre-final version.

Nisa, Eva, 2018. ‘Unregistered Marriages of Indonesian Migrant Workers in Malaysia’, Sociology of Islam 6, 3: 338-358. Pre-final version.

Nisa, Eva, 2016. ‘Marriage Practices: Indonesia’, Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Joseph, Suad et al (eds.), Brill Reference Online. Pre-final version.



Nisa, Eva. Battling Marriage Laws: Child Marriage and The Resurgence of Piety in Indonesia, presentation at INSRUM (International Network for Scholars Researching Unregistered Marriages) 2nd International Conference ‘Muslim Marriages: Plurality of Norms and Practices in Muslim-Majority Contexts’, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 11-12 April 2019.

Nisa, Eva. In the Name of Humanity: Registering Unregistered Marriages of Indonesian Migrant Workers in Malaysia, presentation Conference ‘Unregistered Muslim Marriages: Regulations and Contestations’, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, 24-25 April 2017.

Nisa, Eva. The Shari’a Compliancy Craze: Changes in Matchmaking Trends among Malaysian Muslims, presentation University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 19 August 2016.

Nisa, Eva. The Bureaucratisation of Muslim Marriage in Indonesia, presentation EuroSEAS Conference, University of Vienna, Austria, 10-14 August 2015.


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