Sexual Sharing in Malay Polygamy

February 23, 2015

Sexual sharing within polygamous marriages in urban Malaysia is a tricky business. The sexual relationship between husband and wife is one of the most contentious aspects of life in Malay Muslim polygamous unions. It can cause great strife and misery among co-wives. At issue is husband sharing,...

Iran: Moderation, Hope, and Changing Attitudes (Part 2/2)

September 17, 2013

Under Rouhani, rationality has started to play a powerful role in Iran’s domestic and foreign policy. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Reviewing the composition of Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet gives us some insight into his administration and policies. From the...

Iran: Moderation, Hope, and Changing Attitudes (Part 1/2)

September 10, 2013

Under Rouhani, rationality has started to play a powerful role in Iran’s domestic and foreign policy. This is the first of a two part series. The recent presidential polls in Iran resulted in the election of Hassan Rouhani, who began his term after introducing his cabinet for a vote of...

Middle Eastern Women in a Western Advertising Age

July 26, 2013

New trends show future changes in female consumer roles, and western corporations want in on it. The axiom of advertising is to feel organic, but manage to represent a clarified and polished version of reality. "A reality to which one can aspire." The Arab woman is portrayed in many ways...

Can Islamic Law Evolve?

February 17, 2013

While many secular advocates, right-wing parties and orthodox Islamic groups hold tight to the idea of a static, unresponsive and irrational Islamic law, the traditional framework of Islamic Legal Theory boasts otherwise. Here, the neglected principle of ijtihād is analysed. The evolutionary...