Maaike Voorhoeve (Amsterdam, 1979) is a lecturer at the Department of Arabic language and culture and a scholarship holder of the Gerda Henkel Stiftung. She is also a member of the steering board of the Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies and a member of the editorial board of the Dutch review 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 Rudoplh 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), 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. Voorhoeve recently obtained a scholarship from the Gerda Henkel Stiftung to examine the legal consequences of the oprisings and democratisation processes in Tunisia and Morocco.