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New Publication in Journal of Legal Anthropology

I am excited to share that my peer-reviewed article, “Between Intention & Implementation: Recent Legal Reforms on Child Marriage in Contemporary Malaysia”, has just been published in Journal of Legal Anthropology. This article analyzes news reports of a child marriage scandal in 2018 involving a 41-year-old polygynous man who married an 11-year-old girl as his…

“Gender & Logistics in Malay Polygamy”: Upcoming Colloquium at CSEAS

On Thursday the 26th of May, I will be presenting a paper entitled “Gender & Logistics in Malay Polygamy: A Revolution of Rights, Roles & Responsibilities” at the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University, Japan. The talk will take place on site, and is open to the public. All are welcome. Date: Thursday,…

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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.


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


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.