Thursday, August 07, 2008

Child Marriage in Saudi Arabia

Gulf News reports on efforts to end child marriage in Saudi Arabia. Most often these are marriages of young girls to older men, though the article leads with a wedding between an 11-year-old and 10-year-old. I was surprised to see that the country has no minimum marriage age at all. If memory serves, traditional Islamic law sets it at nine for girls and 14 for boys, though even in a conservative country such as Iran, there are a number of bureaucratic regulations which effectively stifle marriages until late adolescence, and most people simply wait until they're older anyway.



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