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Marriage for a night

Under Islam, a woman can get married for an hour. The "sigheh" is a shi'a solution to a physical need. In Iran, it is an anomaly - a sexual freedom sanctioned by religion but taboo in society

On my first day in the Islamic Republic of Iran, all I could think about was my hijab, the Islamic covering which I was required to wear as a matter of law whenever I was in a public space. My headscarf itched under my chin; my coat felt tight under my arms. I worried about the inch of hair that was showing; I reached up constantly to adjust it, smoothing, checking. I felt oppressed. I saw how men walked and worked, wearing trousers and shirts just as they liked. Watching the women, I noted the variations of hijab: trousered legs…

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