Law of Desire: Temporary Marriage in Iran

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Author:Shahla Haeri
Dimensions:14 x 22 cm (5.5 x 8.7 in)
Publisher:Royal Publishers
Year of Publication:1992 CE

Most people outside Iran may not know that the government that came into power in Iran after the Khomeini revolution heavily promoted mut'a or temporary marriage. Here is a close look at this institution. Who are the people involved in it? what are their motivation? (Men seek sex without responsibility and women seek money but there are other motivations as well, including the religious motivation to earn merits by disobeying Syedna Umar radi-Allahu unhu). How is it arranged? What are the areas of concentration of this practice? (Qum, Mashhad, and Isfahan). And Why? Is the practice, declared haram by a consensus of ahl Sunna wal Jamma, simply legalized prostitution? Get answers to these and many other questions based on interviews with those involved in the practice.

Author:Author: As an Iranian Muslim woman and a granddaughter of a well-known ayatollah, Shahla Haeri was accepted into the communities where she conducted her field work on mut'a. She received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).


Shahla Haeri
  • English
14 x 22 cm (5.5 x 8.7 in)
Royal Publishers
Year of Publication:
1992 CE

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