Kuwait Concubines: What Century Are We in Again?
Remarkably, Salwa Al Mutairi, a “female political activist” and a former parliamentary candidate has called for the introduction and:
“provision of enslaved female concubines for Muslim men in Kuwait in a bid…”
“… protect those men from committing adultery or corruption.”
Apparently, you see, she has been told that some rich Muslim men ‘feared’ being seduced:
“… into immoral behavior by the beauty of their female servants, or even of those servants ‘casting spells’ on them.”
Therefore – clearly – it would:
“… be better to purchase women from an ‘enslaved maid’ agency for sexual purposes.”
She seems to have thought it all through: these elslaved women would be rented out as maids are today by an agency. She even notes a potential source for these enslaved women:
“These maids could be brought as prisoners of war in war-stricken nations like Chechnya to be sold on later to devout merchants.”
None of this is, apparently forbidden by religious law:
“… Caliph Haroun Al-Rashid (766-809 AD) was married to one woman but possessed 200 concubines.”
Good to know.
The mind, as they say, boggles.
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David B Roberts is a Phd student at Durham University, UK focusing on Persian Gulf international relations, with a particular interest in Qatar's foreign policy. He has lived throughout the Middle East, speaks Arabic with varying degrees of success and is the creator of www.thegulfblog.com