25-26 August 2017, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Particular kinds of ‘Muslim marriages’ have recently been the focus of public debates in Europe and beyond, both in Muslim-majority countries and in settings where Muslims are a minority. Controversies abound about a wide range of marriages, varying from unregistered or polygamous marriages, marriages with parties deemed too young or too old, mixed marriages, to transnational and tourist marriages. While these topics have also been addressed in academic research, most authors have focused on marriages of Sunni Muslims.
Our workshop brings together researchers who are engaged in empirical research about debating and concluding Shia marriages, starting from the search for a suitable partner to the celebration of the wedding. Our aim is to gain insight in how and to what extent various strands of Shia Islam– be it in terms of doctrine and religious authority, legal and ethical practices, rituals and everyday life – affect debates about marriages and the ways in which they are concluded. We are, in particular, interested in research about less conventional forms of marriage, including (but not limited to) marriages with Sunni Muslims and non-Muslims and temporary marriages. [more]