Ibtisam Sadegh

Ibtisam Sadegh obtained a Doctor of Law (LL.D.) degree 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.




Hirsch, Susan, Ibtisam Sadegh and David Zammit, 2018, Special Issue ‘Religious Marriages in the Mediterranean’, Journal of Mediterranean Studies 27, 2.


Hirsch, Susan, Ibtisam Sadegh and David Zammit, 2018, Editors’ Introduction ‘Religious Marriages in the Mediterranean’, Journal of Mediterranean Studies 27, 2: 101-110. Pre-final version.

Sadegh, Ibtisam, 2019, ‘Third Country National’, in Bartolini, Antonio, Roberto Cippitani and Valentina Colcelli (eds.), Dictionary of Statuses within EU Law. Springer, pp. 583-590. Pre-final version.

Sadegh, Ibtisam, and David E. Zammit, 2018, ‘Legitimizing a Muslim Marriage in Malta: Navigating Legal and Normative Structures’, The Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 7,3: 498-518. Pre-final version.

Sadegh, Ibtisam and Julie McBrien, 2018. ‘Conference Report: Religious Marriages in the Mediterranean’, ZR&I – Zeitschrift für Recht und Islam/Journal of Law & Islam 10, pp. S139–S148. Open access.



Sadegh, Ibtisam. Transnational interfaith marriages in Ceuta, presentation at Musmar Conference: Politics and/of Muslim Marriages, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2-3 July 2019.

Sadegh, Ibtisam. ‘We moved to Ceuta as a compromise’: Interfaith matrimonial lives between Europe and Africa, presentation at Workshop ‘Ethnography, Religion and Traveling Critique between Europe and MENA’, Nederlands-Vlaams Instituut in Cairo, Egypt, 15-16 March 2019.

Sadegh, Ibtisam. Interfaith Marriages in Ceuta, presentation Conference ‘Multiculturalism, Integration, and Conflict’, Campus Universitario de Ceuta, University of Malta, 20-21 September 2018.

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. Problematizing Interfaith Marriages in Ceuta, presentation 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 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 David Zammit. Legitimizing Maltese Muslim Marriages, presentation Conference ‘Unregistered Muslim Marriages: Regulations and Contestations’, Leicester, UK, 25 April 2017.

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

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

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


Media / Outreach

Sadegh, Ibtisam, 2019. ‘But where are you really from?’ Reflections of a Maltese Muslim on identity and belonging. Isles of the Left.

Sadegh, Ibtisam, 2019. Growing up Muslim in Malta. But people still ask ‘where are you really from?’. Malta Today.

Sadegh, Ibtisam, 2019. Marrying love and religion. TEDxUniversityofMalta.


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