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Mr. dr. M. (Maaike) Voorhoeve

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Semitische talen en culturen

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  • Spuistraat 134
Postal address
  • Postbus 1641
    1000 BP Amsterdam
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  • Profiel

    Maaike Voorhoeve (Amsterdam, 1979) is assistant professor at the Department of Arabic language and culture and the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies. She is also a member of the steering board of the Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies and editor in chief of the Dutch journal Zem Zem.

    Voorhoeve holds a PhD in Law (University of Amsterdam, 2011). She wrote her dissertation, titled Judges in a web of normative orders. Tunisian judicial practice in the field of divoerce at the Court of First Instance Tunis, under the supervision of professors Rudolph Peters and Dorien Pessers. The book was published under the title Gender and Divorce Law in North Africa. Sharia, Custom and the Personal Status Code in Tunisia (I.B. Tauris, 2014).


    Voorhoeve held post-doctoral positions at Harvard Law School (Islamic Legal Studies Program), Humboldt Universität (Rechtskulturen Programme), Freie Universität (Islamwissenschaften) and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Institut d'études de l'islam et des sociétés du monde musulman). She also obtained an Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung scholarship to carry out research as a EUME fellow of the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin. Her most recent research funding concerned a scholarship from the Gerda Henkel Stiftung to examine the legal consequences of the oprisings and democratisation processes in Tunisia and Morocco, particularly in the field of gender.

  • Publications



    • Voorhoeve, M. (2020). Ḥaḍāna Practices in Tunisia: Between Women’s Rights and the Best Interest of the Child, 1956–2019. Hawwa. Journal of women of the Middle East and the Islamic world, 18(2-3), 194-225.



    • Voorhoeve, M. (2017). Production judiciaire des normes et vigilance de la société civile: le cas de la sexualité en Tunisie. L'Année du Maghreb, 16, 341-358.
    • Voorhoeve, M. (2017). Symbolische vrouwenemancipatie in Tunesië en dagelijkse praktijk: Een casestudy van de straat die het sportende, Westerse vrouwenlichaam in de publieke ruimte disciplineert. In B. van Beers, & I. van Domselaar (Eds.), Homo Duplex : de dualiteit van de mens in recht, filosofie en sociologie : liber amicorum voor Dorien Pessers (pp. 197-211). Den Haag: Boom Juridisch. [details]
    • Voorhoeve, M. (2017). Tunisian Female judges and ''The Mobilization of the Emancipative Potential of Tunisian Family Law”. In N. Sonneveld, & M. Lindbekk (Eds.), Woman judges in the Muslim World (pp. 178-203). (Women and Gender: The Middle East and the Islamic World; Vol. 15). Leiden: Brill. [details]


    • Voorhoeve, M. (2015). Interpreting Divorce Laws in Islam. Islamic Law and Society, 22(1-2), 153-156.
    • Voorhoeve, M. (2015). Women’s rights in Tunisia and the democratic renegotiation of an authoritarian legacy. New Middle Eastern Studies, 5.


    • Voorhoeve, M. (2014). Gender and Divorce in North Africa: Sharia, Custom and Personal Status Law in Tunisia. I.B. Tauris.
    • Voorhoeve, M. (2014). God in the Courtroom: The Transformation of Courtroom Oath and Perjury between Islamic and Franco-Egyptian Law. Journal of the American Oriental Society, 134(4), 756-756.
    • Voorhoeve, M. (2014). Informal transactions with the police: the case of Tunisian “sex crimes”. Middle East Law and Governance, 6(2), 70-92.


    • Dupret, B., & Voorhoeve, M. (2012). Introduction. In M. Voorhoeve (Ed.), Family law in Islam: divorce, marriage and women in the Muslim world (pp. 1-10). (Library of Islamic law; No. 4). London/New York: I.B. Tauris. [details]
    • Voorhoeve, M. (2012). Compte rendu de thèse. IBLA : Revue de l'Institut des Belles Lettres Arabes, 75(1 (209)), 164-168. [details]
    • Voorhoeve, M. (2012). Divorce for harm on the grounds of domestic violence. Hawwa. Journal of women of the Middle East and the Islamic world, 10(3), 151-178.
    • Voorhoeve, M. (2012). Judicial discretion in Tunisian personal status law. In M. Voorhoeve (Ed.), Family law in Islam: divorce, marriage and women in the Muslim world (pp. 199-230). (Library of Islamic law; No. 4). London/New York: I.B. Tauris. [details]
    • Voorhoeve, M. (2012). Le chaînon manquant. L’argumentation judiciaire dans le droit de la famille tunisien: analyse à partir des jugements contemporains tunisiens. Maghreb et sciences sociales.
    • Voorhoeve, M. (2012). Question de droit et fantasme populiste: la charia aux Pays-Bas. In B. Dupret (Ed.), La charia aujourd'hui: usages et pratiques de la référence au droit islamique (pp. 243-254). (Collection recherches). Paris: La Découverte. [details]


    • Voorhoeve, M. (2019). C-129/18, SM (kind onder kafala-voogdij). 162. Case note on: HvJ EU, 26/03/19, C-129/18, ECLI:EU:C:2019:248 (SM t. Entry Clearance Officer, UK Visa Section). EHRC. European Human Right Cases, 20(9), 473-478. [details]
    • Voorhoeve, M. (2019). Molla Sali t. Griekenland. 60. Case note on: EHRM, 19/12/18, 20452/14 , ECLI:CE:ECHR:2018:1219JUD002045214 (Molla Sali t. Griekenland). EHRC. European Human Right Cases, 20(3), 181-186. [details]


    • Voorhoeve, M. (2015). Nederlandse juridische oriëntalistiek in een nieuw jasje: [Bespreking van: I.D.A. Sportel (2014) 'Maybe I'm still his wife' : transnational divorce in Dutch-Moroccan and Dutch-Egyptian families; F. Kulk (2013) Laverend langs grenzen : transnationale gezinnen en Nederlands en islamitisch familie- en nationaliteitsrecht]. Recht der Werkelijkheid, 36(2), 88-97. [details]
    • Voorhoeve, M. (2015). Pauline Kruiniger, Islamic Divorces in Europe. Bridging the Gap between European and Islamic Legal Orders. Rechtsgeleerd Magazijn Themis, 6.


    • Voorhoeve, M. (2013). EHRC 2013/10. 10. Case note on: EHRM, 4/10/12, 43631/09 (Harroudj t. Frankrijk). EHRC. European Human Right Cases, 14(1). [details]
    • Voorhoeve, M. (2013). Harroudj vs. France, European Court of Human Rights, 43631/09. Case note on: ECHR, 4/10/12, 43631/09 EHRC. European Human Right Cases, 14(1).
    • Voorhoeve, M. (2013). Steffen Erdle, Ben Ali's 'New Tunisia' (1987-2009). A Case Study of Authoritarian Modernization in the Arab World (Berlin: Klaus Schwarz Verlag, 2010). Bibliotheca Orientalis, 3(4), 551-553.


    • Voorhoeve, M. (Ed.) (2012). Family law in Islam: divorce, marriage and women in the Muslim world. (Library of Islamic law; No. 4). London/New York: I.B. Tauris. [details]


    • Voorhoeve, M. (2010). De bescherming van het belang van het kind door Tunesische familierechters. Recht van de Islam, 24, 39-50. [details]
    • Voorhoeve, M. (2010). Het Tunesische familierecht en het IVRK. In J. H. de Graaf, C. Mak, F. K. van Wijk, & L. A. Mulders (Eds.), Rechten van het kind en autonomie (pp. 45-62). Nijmegen: Ars Aequi Libri. [details]


    • Voorhoeve, M. (2009). The interaction between codified law and divine law: the case of divorce for disobedience in Tunisia. IBLA : Revue de l'Institut des Belles Lettres Arabes, 204, 267-286. [details]


    • Voorhoeve, M. (2008). Waarheid bij de gerechtelijke vaststelling van het vaderschap van de verwekker. In J. H. Graaf, C. Mak, & F. K. van Wijk (Eds.), Rechten van het kind en ouderlijke verantwoordelijkheid (pp. 43-58). Nijmegen: Ars Aequi Libri. [details]
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