I am so confused!!! The consular bureau at the U. Department of State from the mids until distributed a document titled " Marriage to Saudis ," offering straight-talking advice to American women contemplating tying the knot with Saudi men. As Martin Kramer describes what he calls "a minor classic by an anonymous diplomat": It is remarkable for its undiplomatic and anecdotal tone, so distant from the department's standard bureaucratic style.
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The legislation, which was signed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this week, gives government-endorsed clerics the same powers to perform marriages as civil authorities like judges. Before the law passed, couples would need be married by a secular state authority but could also have an Islamic ceremony performed by an imam. Now, couples can bypass the secular authority and have a single marriage under the auspices of a mufti. Women gathered to protest against the new law Credit: Civil rights groups have also warned that it may lead to an increase in marriages involving underage girls because conservative muftis may turn a blind eye to brides under the age of Turkey has a high rate of child marriages, with 15 per cent of girls married under the age of 18, according to Girls Not Brides, an international group that tries to stop child marriages. The actual rate may be higher as sometimes marriages in rural areas are not officially registered with the state.
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However, much has happened since it went up, including the Blogger outage. Scroll down for a report on that. More new posts will be added below this one. The essay below is the conclusion of the ninth part in a series by Takuan Seiyo.
Then,… General considerations It is difficult to establish a common denominator for all of the artistic expressions of the Islamic peoples. Such a common denominator would have to be meaningful for miniature painting and historiography, for a musical mode and the form of a poem. The relationship between the art of the Islamic peoples and its religious basis is anything but direct. Like most prophetic religions, Islam is not conducive to fine arts. Thus, the centre of the Islamic artistic tradition lies in calligraphy , a distinguishing feature of this culture , in which the word as the medium of divine revelation plays such an important role.