Strange indeed. Daniel Pipes writes on his blog:
“The deepest differences between Muslims and Westerners concern not politics but sexuality. Each side has a long history of looking at the other’s sexual mores with a mixture of astonishment and disgust. Here are some examples from the Muslim side of the divide (in reverse chronological order) that have me, for one, shaking my head:
Yemeni Court Grants 8-Year-Old Girl Divorce: Nojoud Muhammed Nasser, 8, was told by her father two months ago that it was time for her to marry Faez Ali Thamer, 30. She recounts what happened to reporter Hamed Thabet of the Yemen Times.
Saudi Tribal Custom Forbid Husband Ever Seeing His Wife’s Face: A tribe in Saudi Arabia’s Al-Kharj region forbids anyone from seeing a woman’s uncovered face, including her husband and children. Raid Qusti summarizes in the Arab News a report of interviews in Sayidaty, a Saudi woman’s magazine. ”