Rahma Bavelaar

Rahma Bavelaar obtained MA degree in African Studies and History from the School of Oriental and African Studies and Northwestern University where she focused on colonial history, Sufi reformism, Islamic intellectual history and anti-colonial struggle in the Horn of Africa. She is a PhD researcher at the University of Amsterdam in the ERC-funded project Problematizing “Muslim Marriages”.



Kisch, Shifra, Annelies Moors and Rahma Bavelaar. ‘The intimate politics of publicly staging ‘mixed couples’’, submitted to the European Journal of Cultural Studies.

Abdelmonem, Angie, Rahma Bavelaar, Elisa Wynne-Hughes, and Susana Galán, 2016. ‘The ‘Taharrush’ Connection: Xenophobia, Islamophobia, and Sexual Violence in Germany and Beyond’. JadaliyyaOpen access.



Bavelaar, Rahma. Gender, conversion and the revolutionary state (Egypt), Musmar Conference ‘Politics and/of Muslim Marriages’. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2-3 July 2019.

Bavelaar, Rahma. The Ethnography of ‘unpleasant’ religiosity: Honor, patriarchy and secular power in scholarship around conversion in Egypt, Workshop ‘Ethnography, Religion and Traveling Critique between Europe and MENA’. Nederlands-Vlaams Instituut, Cairo, Egypt, 15-16 March 2019.

Bavelaar, Rahma, Shifra Kisch and Annelies Moors. The affective politics of publicly staging ‘mixed couples’, Annual EASA Conference. Stockholm, Sweden, 14-17 August 2018.

Bavelaar, Rahma. Muslim-Coptic Marriage as Lens: Contesting the Intersections of Religion, Nation and Gender on the Egyptian Screen (1952-2000), Conference ‘Religious Marriages in the Mediterranean’. University of Malta, March 2018.

Bavelaar, Rahma, Shifra Kisch and Annelies Moors. Visuality and the politics of publicly staging ‘mixed couples’, LUCIS Annual Conference ‘Islamic Visualities and In/Visibilities: Reimagining Public Citizenship’. Leiden University, Netherlands, 13-15 December 2017.

Bavelaar, Rahma. ‘Transcendant Love?’: Coptic Responses to Representations of Interfaith Romance on the Egyptian Screen (1952-2017), Conference ‘Religious Minorities Self-Representations: Claims of Difference and Sameness in the Politics of Belonging’. Utrecht University, Netherlands, October 2017.

Bavelaar, Rahma. Framing Mixed Marriages in Egypt, ACMES Research Convention ‘Marriage controversies: Public Debates and Lived Experiences’. Amsterdam, Netherlands, 28 January 2015.

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