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“Creative State-Making”: Surprising Trajectories in Islam, Gender & Politics in Southeast Asia

Workshop hosted by the Collège d’Études Mondiales – Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Friday, 18 October 2019, 10:00h – 16:00h Room BS1-28, at 54 Boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris, France [Full programme below] Featuring:  Chair: Elsa Lafaye de Micheaux (Université de Rennes & CASE-EHESS) 10:00h – 10:15h: Morning coffee & introductory remarks PANEL I: “Creative State-Making” in […]

Research Themes

Halal Intimacy

The pursuit of love and intimacy “halal” (permissible) in the eyes of God, the state, and Malay adat (culture & traditions).

Cross-Border Marriage

Syariah-compliant elopements across the border to Southern Thailand.

Ethnography of Malaysian Syariah Courts

Marriage, divorce, and inheritance under the Malaysian Islamic Family Law.

Polygyny

n. When a man is married to two or more wives.

Moral Policing

Being intimate within limits: State-led moral surveillance in Malaysia, and the perils of moral transgressions.

The Malaysian Islamic Bureaucracy

The agents behind the nationwide bureaucratization of Islam in Malaysia today.

Love Magic & Sorcery

The politics of the supernatural, and the power struggle for love.

Where I Work:

Kelantan

From the bustling markets of Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah, to the halls of Kota Bharu’s Syariah Court.

Southern Thailand

Marriage tourism in Hat Yai & Songkhla. And the place for fantastic tom yum.

Kuala Lumpur

The beating heart of Malaysia. A productive site for a comparative fieldwork vis-à-vis Kelantan.

Negeri Sembilan

Up close and personal: The daily life of an anthropologist in a polygamous household.