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    Debateable Marriages: Marriage and child marriage in Saudi Arabia

    McLaughlin, KG and Al-Hakami, H (2016) Debateable Marriages: Marriage and child marriage in Saudi Arabia. Marriage and Family Review, 52 (7). pp. 654-664. ISSN 1540-9635


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    This article examines marriage and the constitution of familial relationships in Saudi Arabia, with a specific focus on one form of marriage that has recently become an issue of public, political, and religious discussion, that of “child marriage.” The situation within Saudi Arabia is compared with gendered relationships in other countries, most notably those in Western Europe, with specific attention given to the United Kingdom. It is argued that policy developments in Saudi Arabia need to be seen in the context of wider Saudi culture, Sharia law, and religious interpretations of the Koran.

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