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Faculty of Theology, Study of Religions Unit, University of Helsinki
Mulki Al-Sharmani (Ph.D. Docent) is an Academy Research Fellow at Faculty of Theology, Study of Religions Unit, University of Helsinki. Her research work and publications cover the following areas: modern Somali Diasporas with a focus on gender and transnational family life; Muslim marriage norms and practices; Islamic jurisprudence and Muslim family laws; gender reform and feminist legal activism, and Islamic feminism. She is currently working on two projects funded by Academy of Finland: the first is her own project on Islamic feminism (2013−2018), and in the second group project on Transnational Muslim Marriages (2013-2017), she is leading the sub study on marriage norms and practices among Somali Finnish families.
Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki
Marja Tiilikainen (PhD, Adjunct Professor) is Academy Research Fellow at the Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki. She has conducted long-term research on Somali migrants and carried out ethnographic research in Finland, Northern Somalia and Canada. Her main research interests include everyday Islam, cultural aspects of health and healing, and transnational family life. She currently works on two research projects funded by the Academy of Finland: first, her individual project Islam and Security Revisited: Transnational Somali Families in Finland, Canada and Somalia (2012-2017) and second, Transnational Muslim Marriages: Wellbeing, Law and Gender (2013-2017) that she leads.
Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki
Sanna Mustasaari (LL.M.) is Doctoral Candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki. Her doctoral dissertation (Reframing Recognition: Transnational Families, Belonging and Law) focuses on the recognition of transnational familial ties and family configurations in the context of multiculturalism and transnational law.