Latest blog posts about Shia marriage
Sunni-Shia Marriage is Back in Vogue in Iraq
Posted on 28/11/2009
The Iraqi government has won a fair few hearts home and abroad with its new Sunni-Shi’a marriage fund. Former pressures and tensions, not to mention financial concerns are being eased by the $2000 incentive being offered to mixed Sunni and Shiite couples who marry As the nation stands slowly back on its feet after years of turmoil, mass weddings are bridging the gap and harmonizing relations between Sunnis and Shiites. Now that’s cause for celebration!
Shia Temporary Marriages in Iraq – Good News or Bad News?
Posted on 19/11/2009
Shia temporary marriage, or “mutaa” is on the rise, particularly in Iraq, where the financial pressures of permanent marriage are impossible for many young Iraqi men. Like a long-term union, temporary marriage depends on a dowry and since Saddam Hussein was overthrown and Iraq’s Shiite government was re-instated, the practice has experienced a renaissance. Mutaa is the subject of harsh criticism from intellectuals and women’s groups who deem it anything but marriage, and label it derogatory to women. This ancient Shiite wartime tradition is nevertheless making a comeback in occupied Iraq? Practical or paradoxical? You decide...
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