Law Of Desire : Temporary Marriage Essay

2357 Words Dec 9th, 2014 10 Pages
Despite their superficial, similarities prostitution and temporary marriage vary greatly in their core beliefs, a fact Shahla Haeri conveys quite well in her book Law of Desire: Temporary Marriage in Shi’i Iran. Haeri analyzes mut’a, or temporary marriage, in an attempt to understand and clear up any misconceptions surrounding this highly tabooed issue. Through her analysis, she reveals some interesting aspects of Iranian society, the country where mut’a marriage is most heavily practiced. She sheds light on male-female relationships and interactions in Iran, as well as the Shi’a-Sunni religious divisions. The introduction consists of a brief historical background. Both Sunnis and Shi’ites, the two main Islamic sects, agree that mut’a existed at the time of the Prophet, but Sunnis believe that the second Muslim caliph, ‘Umar, banned mut’a after the Prophet passed. Shi’ites, however, do not share this same belief. The ban placed by ‘Umar still holds true today for Sunnis and is the reason mut’a marriage is only practiced by the followers of the Shi’i sect. Why mut’a marriage began when it did is not explained, although some inferences can be made through examination of the research that is presented. Haeri’s main objective in writing Law of Desire is to bring some factual awareness to the law of temporary marriage, a law that has been plagued with ambiguities. To explain the ambiguities, Haeri splits the book into three laws. Law one, law as imposed, discusses mut’a and how…

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