Controversial marriage proves convenient option

Ramadan Al Sherbini; 3/7/09

Hameeda, 43, is one of very few women in this conservative Muslim country who are ready to think of getting married the misyar (travellers’) way. “My father died more than 20 years ago and I had to sup-port my six-member family. So I forgot about myself. Now it may be the time to get married before the train of age reaches its final station,” she said. In a society where unmarried women are underestimated and even socially stigmatised, the misyar marriage may be the solution available to people in my circumstances, added Hameeda, who declined to give her full name for fear of being disgraced for approving this controversial marriage.