Maghboor: A Little Light Rant Against Oman’s Dowry System
DHOFARI GUCCI: It’s illogical, unfair and costly so maybe it’s time to look anew at the “maghboor’, Oman’s dowry system
‘Cousin Marriage’ in Dhofar: Dangers Are Ignored
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: Its practice is still extremely common in the south of Oman. The obsession with keeping the tribe pure comes at a price though.
Marriage Debate ‘Touches Raw Nerve’ in Lebanon
NADA AKL, CGNEWS: The attempt by a Sunni woman and a Shi’a man to effect a civil marriage in Lebanon has brought the issue of national identity to the fore
The Anxiety of Wedding Gifts: A Golden Issue
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMED: The price of gold goes up and up and up. It’s a major concern for parents.
Western Women: The Perils of Marrying a Saudi Man
AMERICAN BEDU: It seems obvious but the main reason many Saudi men marry Westerners is because they’re not Saudi.
Polygamy: It’s A Disaster For Women
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: Polygamy is still relatively common in Dhofar but I don’t know any woman enduring this situation who’s happy with their lot.
Speed Dating: Acceptable in Morocco?
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: The lengthy (some would say tortuous) procedure that is marriage in Morocco is putting people off the institution. A radical solution has been suggested.
Women and Marriage: What’s in it For Us?
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMED: Why should women get married? The lived reality for women that is wildly different from the theory of matrimonial bliss.
How Arranged Marriage Works in Saudi Arabia
AMERICAN BEDU: It’s a myth grooms and brides have no say in their choice of partner. Not so. In fact the process can involve many members of each party’s family.
‘Inside Outsider’: Advice on living in Saudi
SUSIE OF ARABIA: How do you fit in when living in Saudi Arabia if you’re not fully Saudi? Here’s some sage advice from a half-Saudi, half-American woman.
Saudi and Marriage: Match Not Made in Heaven
AMERICAN BEDU: It’s official – Saudi Arabia has the highest divorce rate in the world despite the fact that, contrary to popular opinion it’s not so easy to secure a divorce in the Kingdom.
Consanguine Marriage: ‘Genetic Roulette’ in Saudi Arabia
CROSSROADS ARABIA: A large proportion of marriages in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia are between relatives. It’s creating major challenges for the authorities.
6 Things Never To Say to a Divorced Person
AMAL KILLAWI, ZARINAH NADIR, SUHAIWEBB: Divorce is not easy, but it’s reality for 60% of Saudi couples, while a divorce occurs every 6 minutes in Egypt.
Love Lost: When Politics and Marriage Collide
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMED: Politics and marriage might seem worlds apart. But recent cases suggest there are more agendas than we might think.
Saudi Marriages: No Complication is too Bizarre…
CROSSROADS ARABIA: When it comes to marriages in the KSA, no complication is too bizarre. Now a cousin is able to nullify marriage on the basis of family origin.
Rising Wave of Saudi Spinsters, the Shame of Divorce
CROSSROADS ARABIA: An increasing number of Saudi women are choosing not to get married, while divorcees are facing growing discrimination.
The Ingredients of a Successful Marriage: The Missing Link
YASMINE MOGAHED: But won’t this unconditional respect towards one’s husband put us, as women, in a weak, submissive position? Quite the contrary…