Marriage Saudi Arabia-Style
4:01 PM, Oct 30, 2009 • By RACHEL ABRAMS
The "kings" and "princes" of sand and oil who rule Saudi Arabia may have signed on to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1997, but the daughters of their subjects-and no doubt some of their own, as well-still live under the sick tyranny of shariah-interpreting that endorses the predations of pedophiles upon them, and insists, in a Whoopi Goldbergian kind of inversion, that to deprive little girls of conjugation with men old enough to be their grandfathers is to treat them "unfairly." How cold the comfort, in the circumstances, that the "jurists" upholding this appalling penalty against defenseless victims invoke the marriage of their Prophet to a six-year-old girl-and by the way, a six-year-old, for those who've never met any, is someone who's just begun to lose her baby teeth-to justify it. But how much more dreadful must it be for these children to realize that those who should by nature be their refuge from the harsh ugly world, their fathers, are the brokers of their misery, selling them to old men for . . . what? To pay off debts? To pare down the number of mouths to feed?
One recent such horror story out of the Wahhabi paradise comes to us from the indispensable MEMRI:
Sabria Jawhar, a Jedddah-based HuffPo blogger who by her own description is "one of the leading women journalists in the Kingdom," argues that the abusive guardianship by fathers of their daughters is a tribal warping of Islam, yet manages in the same breath to defend repressive Islamic travel restrictions on women, declaring that
But is child-selling for a dowry Islamic? Ms. Jawhar is . . . agnostic: "As for girls at age of 15, that is a young, but not unreasonable, age in our society and holds up to an international standard." (The HuffPo's where feminism may tangle with multi-cultism and lose.) But Iraqi shariah scholar Abd Al-Hamid Al-'Ubeidi gives us the expert's view:
Indeed, marriage is not just for pleasure. The marriage of a grown-not to say aged-man to a ten-year-old girl is a solution only to the case of a pedophile seeking his next victim. If that's Islamic, call me a Crusader.