Maaike Voorhoeve is an assistant professor at the Humanities Faculty. She teaches at the Department of Arabic language and culture and is a research affiliate of the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies. She is also the co-director of the Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies (together with dr. Farid Boussaid) and the chief editor of the journal ZemZem (together with dr. Judith Naeff).
After her PhD (University of Amsterdam, 2011), Voorhoeve held post-doctoral positions at Harvard Law School, Freie Universität, Humboldt Universität, and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. She focuses on law and gender in North Africa. Voorhoeve published two books, Family Law in Islam (I.B. Tauris, 2012, 2nd ed. 2016) and Gender and Divorce Law in North Africa (I.B. Tauris, 2014) and articles on legislation and adjudication in the field of family law and gender-coded criminal law in the Muslim world. She teaches courses on Islamic law, Gender in the Muslim world, and Transitional justice in the Arab world, among other subjects.
Voorhoeve's current research project examines the intersection between law, gender and imperialism, or: the influence of imperialism on gender-coded law in Muslim territories. Her focus lies on French imperialism in the Maghreb and West-Africa, but she's equally interested in the influence of Dutch, British, Russian and Ottoman imperialism and its consequences for the law in Muslim territories.