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Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

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Dr. Dörthe Engelcke

Senior Research Fellow, Research Group: Changes in God’s Law – An Inner Islamic Comparison of Family and Succession Laws

Phone: +49 40 419 00 - 348

Facsimile: +49 40 419 00 - 288

Mail: engelcke@mpipriv.de

Main Fields of Research:

Islamic Law, Muslim Family Law, Legal Pluralism, Christian Family Law in the Middle East, Socio-Legal Studies, legal politics

Academic Career:

2003-2007 Islamic Studies at the University of Hamburg and the Institut National des Langues et des Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) Paris (Erasmus Scholarship), Zwischenprüfung+2. 2007-2008 M.A. in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. 2009-2015 DPhil (Ph.D.) in Oriental Studies at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. 2012 visiting scholar at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg. 2014-2015 stipendiary visiting fellow at the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School. 2016 co-winner of the 2016 BRISMES Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize for the best Ph.D. dissertation on a Middle Eastern topic in the Social Sciences or Humanities awarded by a British University. 2015-2017 Early Career Fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the Göttingen Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Göttingen.

Memberships: Middle East Studies Association (MESA), German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO), Gesellschaft für Arabisches und Islamisches Recht (GAIR)


Recent Lectures:

15.11.17

Christian and Islamic Family Law in Jordan: Challenge to Reform

60th Anniversary of the Middle East Centre

  • Location: University of Oxford, St Antony’s College

14.10.17

The Legal Practice of the Greek Orthodox Court in Amman: Between Legal Borrowing and Clerical Authoritarianism

Konferenz: Gender and Sharia in Muslim Legal Theory and Practice

  • Location: University of Göttingen

21.11.16

Christian Family Law in Jordan: Regulating Legal Pluralism and the Challenge of Reform

Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting

  • Location: Marriott Hotel, Boston

Recent Publications

I. Shorter Works in Collections, Commentaries, Handbooks and Encyclopaedia

Family Law Reform in Algeria, in: Doris H. Gray, Nadia Sonneveld (eds.), Women and Social Change in North Africa: What Counts as Revolutionary?, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2018, 308 - 330.

Jordan, in: Nadjma Yassari, Lena-Maria Möller, Imen Gallala-Arndt (eds.), Parental Care and the Best Interests of the Child in Muslim Countries, Asser Press, Den Haag 2017, 121 - 143.

Jordan, in: Gerhard Robbers, W. Cole Durham (eds.), Encyclopedia of Law and Religion, vol. 3: Asia, Brill Nijhoff, Leiden 2016, 180 - 186.

II. Journal Articles

Interpreting the 2004 Moroccan Family Law: Street-Level Bureaucrats, Women’s Groups, and the Preservation of Multiple Normativities, Law & Social Inquiry 2017, DOI: 10.1111/lsi.12315, 18.08.2017.

III. Miscellaneous

Reasserting State Control Over Official Islam in Morocco, in: Official Islam in the Arab World: The Contest for Religious Authority. Ed. Nathan J. Brown, 13-15. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2017, http://carnegieendowment.org/2017/05/11/official-islam-in-arab-world-contest-for-religious-authority-pub-69929, 11.05.2017.

Morocco's Changing Civil Society, Sada, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 2016, http://carnegieendowment.org/sada/?fa=62417, 07.01.2016.

The Ongoing, Steady Gains of Morocco's Islamist Party, Jadaliyya 2015, http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/22789/the-ongoing-steady-gains-of-moroccos-islamist-part, 29.09.2015.