Halal Intimacy: Love, Marriage, and Polygyny in Contemporary Malaysia, Berghahn Books. [Under contract; manuscript in preparation]

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“Intimacy Under Surveillance: Moral Policing & Eloped Marriages in Contemporary Malaysia”, Hawwa: Journal of Women of the Middle East & the Islamic World. Special Issue on Gender & Judging, edited by Monika Lindbekk & Susanne Dahlgren. [Currently under peer-review]

Nikah Express: Cross-Border Marriage, Polygamy & the State in Contemporary Malaysia”, Asian Studies Review. [Currently under peer-review]

Book Chapter

“The Unhappy Polygamist: Desire & (Dis)satisfaction in Malay Polygamy”, in Friendship and Happiness: A Global Perspective, eds. T. Delaney & T. Madigan, Vernon Press, Wilmington, pp. 163-169.

Invited Seminar Presentations

“The Death of a Polygamist & its Aftermath in a Malaysian Shariah Court”, Senior Seminar presentation at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, 1 March 2019.

“Property Division Within Malay Polygamy in Malaysian Shariah Courts”, seminar presentation at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, 4 February 2019.

“Polygamy for the Masses: Cross-Border Marriage, the Islamic Bureaucracy, and the State in Contemporary Malaysia”, seminar presentation at the Woolf Institute, Cambridge, 18 January 2019.

“Out of the Darkness and Into the Light: Islam & Liberalism Under “New Malaysia””, presentation at “Malaysia in Transition: Towards A “Brighter Future”?” Workshop, The Oriental Institute of Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, 31 October 2018.

Nikah Express: Polygyny & Marriage-Making at the Malaysian-Thai Border”, seminar presentation at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian & Caribbean Studies (KITLV), Leiden, 25 October 2018.

“24 Hours in Thailand: Express Marriages at the Malaysian-Thai Border”, seminar presentation at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden, 23 October 2018.

“Permission to Love (Again): Malay Polygamous Marriages at the Malaysian-Thai Border”, Grad Talk, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, 13 March 2017.

Conference & Workshop Papers


“Female Power & Supernatural Politics in Malay Polygamy”, upcoming presentation at the “Politics & the Supernatural in Asia” workshop, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, 11 October.

“Of Wives & Witches: Sorcery in Malay Polygyny”, upcoming presentation at the 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars, International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, 16-19 July.

“Risky Romance: Illicit Intimacy & Moral Policing in Contemporary Malaysia”, presentation at the 9th Religion in Society Conference, Religion in Society Research Network, Granada, 25-26 April. [Also a recipient of the Emerging Scholar Award at this conference.]

“Halalizing the Haram: Illicit Intimacy in an Islamized State in Contemporary Malaysia”, presentation at the “Bureaucratizing Diversity in Muslim Southeast Asia & Beyond” workshop, Harvard Law School Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law & Social Change, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, 4-5 April.

“Obedient Wives & Rebellious Citizens: Dismantling Gender Equality Through Islamic Fundamentalism in Malaysia”, presentation at the “Strictly Observant Religion, Gender, and the State” conference, Woolf Institute, Cambridge, 25-26 March.


“Loose Laws & Questionable Morals: Moral Policing & Eloped Marriages at the Malaysian-Thai Border”, presentation at the “Criminalizing & Emancipatory Trends in Family Law in Indonesia & Other Muslim-Majority Countries” workshop, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian & Caribbean Studies (KITLV), Leiden, 15-16 November.

“Marrying Married Men: Polygyny & Changing Conjugal Aspirations of Modern Malay Women”, presentation at “Marriage & Modernity in Comparative Perspective” Workshop, University of Hamburg, 27 October.

“The Human Rights of Women in Marriage”, Global Human Rights Teach-Out, organized by Leiden University & Coursera, Leiden & The Hague, 17-20 October.

“There and Back Again: Mobility & Multilocality in Malay Polygamy”, Malaysia-Singapore Research Conference, University of Cambridge, 07 April.


“Intimate Within Limits: Cross-Border Marriage & the State in Contemporary Malaysia”, AAS/ASA/ASAANZ Annual Conference, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, 14 December.

“The Unhappy Polygamist: Desire & (Dis)satisfaction in Malay Polygamy”, the Pandisciplinary Network on Friendship & Happiness, Waterford, 13 June.


“Punishing the Passionate: Intimacy Under Surveillance & Cross-Border Marriage in Contemporary Malaysia”, presented at EASA Biennial Conference, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, 22 July.

Blog Posts

“The Changing Face of Polygamy in Contemporary Malaysia”, Woolf Institute Blog, published 13 February 2019.

General Publications

Nurul Huda Mohd. Razif 2010, “One Man, Many Wives: Digging Out Polygamy’s Skeletons from the Closet”, The Peacock, March Edition, University of Western Australia Arts Union, Perth.

Nurul Huda Mohd. Razif, 2009, “Swing, Swing”, in It’s About Time: Young Writers’ Anthology, MPH Bookstores Sdn. Bhd., Kuala Lumpur, pp. 34-40.

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