Research Title: Love, Marriage and Intimacy in Contemporary Malaysia
(Joint winner of the 2013 Wyse Prize for PhD Proposal)
Supervisor: Dr Perveez Mody
I was born in Malaysia, but had a nomadic upbringing and was raised in West Africa (Ghana & Guinea) and South Asia (Sri Lanka & Bangladesh). I completed my undergraduate degree in Anthropology & Sociology and French Studies at the University of Western Australia and Sciences Po Paris, before commencing my PhD here at Cambridge in 2013.
For my doctoral research I conducted 14 months of fieldwork in Southern Thailand and Malaysia studying Malay-Muslim cross-border marriages (both monogamous and polygamous) and Malay intimacy. I am interested in looking at the ways Muslims in Malaysia today navigate their way in pursuit of “permissible" intimacy in the presence of a highly interested state-led Islamic bureaucracy.