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Annelies Moors

Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Annelies Moors studied Arabic at the University of Damascus and anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. From the early 1980s on, she has conducted anthropological fieldwork in Palestine (Nablus); later she also did fieldwork in Yemen (San‘a) and elsewhere in the Arab world. From 2001-2008 she was the Amsterdam University chair at ISIM (Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World). Currently she is professor of contemporary Muslim societies at the University of Amsterdam where she directs the research programme on Muslim cultural politics at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research. Participants in this programme work on fashion, artistic performances, music, and mosque design; Muslim family law and everyday life; and the cultural politics of migrant domestic labor. She is currently writing a book about face-veiling in the Netherlands and beyond.

Research Projects: Marriages and Movements: Weddings and Wars


Selected Publications

  • Women, Property, and Islam: Palestinian Experiences 1920-1990, Cambridge University Press, 1995.
  • Guest editor of a special issue of Fashion Theory, on Muslim Fashions (with Emma Tarlo), 2007.
  • Moors, Annelies, 2011, Colonial traces?  The (post-)colonial governance of Islamic dress: gender and the public presence of Islam, in Maussen, Marcel, Veit Bader and Annelies Moors, eds., The colonial and post-colonial governance of Islam. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 135-155.
  • Moors, Annelies, 2011, '"Islamic Fashion" in Europe: Religious conviction, aesthetic style, and creative consumption', in Rafael Reyes-Ruiz, eds., Encounters: Engaging Otherness. London: I.B.Tauris. Pp. 187-213  (reprint of article in Encounters from 2009).
  • Moors, Annelies, 2009, ''The Dutch and the Face Veil: The Politics of Discomfort', Social Anthropology 17, 4: 392-407 (also translated in Spanish).
  • Moors, Annelies, 2009, ‘Weddings and war. Marriage arrangements and celebrations during two intifadas. JMEWS 5, 3: 11-34 (with Penny Johnson and Lamis Abu Nahleh)

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