|We have been contacted for help by
Tiare Rath a graduate student in Middle East Studies at New York
University. She is writing a paper on how Mutah marriages affect women, as
well as what women think of temporary marriages. Please see below her
emails to us:
“I am writing you about mut'a marriages after browsing through your
website. I am a graduate student in Middle East Studies at New York
University and am writing a paper on how mut'a marriages affect
women, as well as what women think of temporary marriages. I wanted
to do some interviews for my research for this paper and was hoping
you could put me in touch with some people who have participated/are
participating in mut'a marriages. I am especially interested in
having women's voices in this paper, so I was hoping I could ask
them a few questions via email. Their responses would be kept *totally
confidential* if they wished. I am also not taking sides, but instead
am simply discussing the issue of mut'a marriage.
Please let me know if you would be willing to communicate with me on this
“Thanks very much for your offer to help me out.
The focus of my paper is how women fare in mut'a marriages. It is
pretty general. What I have noticed is that many of the references
to women come across as somewhat negative (at least in Iran) and
I was wondering if this was really the case. So I was hoping to
communicate with some women who have or want to participate in mut'a
marriages, and have them explain why they are choosing this avenue.
I am a graduate student at New York University in the Near Eastern
Studies Department. I'm doing this research for my final paper in
my Women and Islamic Law class, which will combine research from books,
articles, fatwas, etc.
I also worked as a journalist in Lebanon for three years, from 1999-2002,
at The Daily Star. I have written quite a bit on women in the Arab world.
If you could pass along these questions I would appreciate it…”
More About The Researcher
If you would like to find out more about the researcher before making up
your mind if you want to contribute to her research or not, have a look
through some of the pages we got as a search result from Google on “Tiare
If you would like to contribute to her research by answering some
questions please answer the Women and Mutah Marriages Questionnaire.