"She's staying with us until she reaches puberty," said Fayrouz's father, adding that her in-laws will pay the remaining 0 only after she returns.On a recent day, eight community elders sat in a [refugee] camp, some chewing khat, the narcotic leaf favored by most Yemeni men. Even Salim, the elder who worked at the charity, is preparing to marry off his two daughters, ages 13 and 14.For years, the men of the Tuareg have been able to ride to a young woman's tent, and sneak into the side entrance - while his well-trained camel stands quietly and waits.There, they will spend the night together - while the family, who all live in the tent, politely pretend not to notice.(The term termagant sums up the surprising way Westerners saw Muslim women before the seventeenth century.) Here are some examples of customs and social attitudes from the Muslim side of the divide (in reverse chronological order) that have me, for one, shaking my head.I have made sure only to include instances in this weblog entry that represent a general outlook, and not just a single person's idiosyncrasy, anecdotes that reflect the Shari'a or societal consensus, not deviants and outcasts.Young Girls Married off in War-Torn Yemen: Child marriages are increasing drastically in Yemen, due to the civil war and the poverty and the displacement it caused.
"Parents marry off their daughters to be relieved of the cost of their care or because they believe a husband's family can offer better protection," UNICEF said.
"If things get worse, there's no doubt I'll marry off my 12-year-old daughter," Ansi said.
Fatma spent her day cooking and washing clothes for her in-laws.
Women are allowed to have multiple sexual partners outside of marriage, keep all their property on divorce and are so revered by their sons-in-law that the young men wouldn't dare eat in the same room.
What is even more surprising is that even though the tribe has embraced Islam they have firmly held onto some of the customs that would not be acceptable to the wider Muslim world. Before a woman marries, she is free to take as many lovers as she wants. 'The young girls have the same great freedoms as the boys.' ...