Child Brides in the Middle East Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Child Brides in the Middle East
An examination of the cultural tradition of child brides in the Middle East.
# 138314 | 2,500 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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The paper relates that the belief that child brides are acceptable still exists today because of the teaching of Muhammad. The paper discusses the problem that in today's society medically we know that it is not healthy for a young girl to marry and have sexual intercourse leading to pregnancy and this knowledge makes the custom of child brides unacceptable. The paper explains that in Muhammad's time, he did not know and the people who followed him did not know the health risks sustained by young girls who become child brides. The paper asserts that this reality doesn't make it morally right, but it does remove blame. The paper asserts that the condemnation of Mohammad must be kept in context with the era in which he lived; he should not be blamed for what he did to Aisha, his 9 year old wife, but he should be blamed for keeping the archaic custom alive as a part of his new found Islam (Kamravam).

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"In order to understand the cultural tradition of child brides in the Middle East, the story of Muhammad and his nine year old wife Aisha needs to be discussed. Muhammad lived true to the Arab custom of marrying a child bride right after the girl's first menstrual cycle. The questioning of this Arab tradition has become publicized as Western involvement in the Middle East continues to grow. The effect that marriage and sexual intercourse has on the girl's health mentally, physically and spiritual is at question. Human rights issues are at direct contradiction with the cultural tradition of child brides in the Middle East. The issue of child..."

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