|Behind The Veil:
Temporary Marriages In Iran
in the West, this type of marriage is a contractual transaction between
a man and a woman to be married for a negotiated period of time, usually
between one hour and 99 years. Although not a part of Quranic teachings,
the custom of temporary marriage is still practiced among the Shiites of
Iran and Iraq.
presentation introduces the audience to the fascinating world of complex
marriage and sex relations behind the veil. It will examine status of women
and their role in pre-Islamic and Islamic Iran, focusing on the last thirty
years when the veil became for many a symbol of liberation from the Shah's
mut’a/sighe (temporary) marriage: a woman is compensated before marriage
proper attire and behavior are always expected from young ladies whose
main career is getting married well.
not always supervised, is allowed, especially in urban environments of
married! Looking forward to a happy life together in a small city of Susa,
everywhere are interested in their beauty and how to enhance it. Iranian
women are exceptionally beautiful and skilled in the art of make-up and
fashion. The Victoria’s Secret store in Tehran is one of a few places where
men are NOT ALLOWED!
shrines, and other holy places are visited not only for worshipping practices
but also for leisure. They are great places to relax, talk with your neighbors
and look for a potential partner for a mut’a/sighe (temporary) marriage.
Hopefully, this gentleman is not thinking about adding another wife to
his already “full house.”
women, especially in rural areas and small towns, are main providers for
their families selling their home-made products. This lady makes money
and spends it the way she wants, including a pleasure of a cigarette which
at the time (1999) was a luxury for many Iraqis.