Global dynamics of Shi‘a marriages: religion, gender, and belonging

Yafa Shanneik (Editor), Annelies Moors (Editor)

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Muslim marriages have been the focus of considerable public debate both in Europe and beyond, in Muslim-majority countries as well as in settings where Muslims are a minority. Most academic work has focused on how the majority Sunni Muslims conclude marriages. This volume, in contrast, focuses on Twelver Shia Muslims in Iran, Pakistan, Oman, Indonesia, Norway and the Netherlands. The volume is unique in its aims and scope and makes an original contribution to understanding the global dynamics of Shia marriage practices in a wide range of contexts. Not only its geographical spread but also by providing a critical analysis of the socio-economic, religious, ethnic, and political discourses of each context, the book sheds light on new marriage forms presented through a bottom up approach which focuses on the lived experiences of Shia Muslims negotiating a diverse range of relationships and forms of belonging.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRutgers University Press
Number of pages176
ISBN (Electronic)9781978818484, 9781978818507
ISBN (Print)9781978818460, 9781978818477
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2021

Publication series

NameThe Politics of Marriage and Gender: Global Issues in Local Contexts
PublisherRutgers University Press


  • Shia Islam
  • marriage
  • gender
  • Women


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