The project "Matriarchal Islam: Gendering Sharia in the Indian Ocean World", proposed by Mahmood Kooria, has been awarded the Veni grant by the Dutch Research Council (NWO).
Every year, the NWO awards its Veni grants for outstanding researchers who have recently obtained their PhD. This, together with the Vidi and Vici grants, form the NWO’s Innovational Research Incentives Scheme. NWO selects Veni laureates on the basis of the following criteria: quality of the researcher, innovative character of the research, expected academic impact of the research proposal and possibilities of knowledge utilisation. This year 1,151 researchers submitted an application; 166 of them have been awarded a Veni.