In conservative Muslim societies known for their strict sense of propriety, mutaa offers an escape clause. The woman says: "I marry myself to you for [a specific period of time] and for [a specified dowry]" and the man says: "I accept." The period can range between one hour and a year, and is subject to renewal.A Muslim woman can only marry a Muslim man, but a Muslim man can temporarily marry a Muslim, Christian, or Jewish woman, as long as she is a divorcée or a widow.We assessed the prevalence of HIV and demographic correlates of condom use and HIV testing among MSM in Beirut.Respondent-driven sampling was used to recruit 213 participants for completion of a behavioral survey and an optional free rapid HIV test.Scholars have suggested that geosocial technologies are complicating the relationship between private and public, leading to redistributions of intimacy and relationality (e.g., Mc Glotten 2013, Mowlabocus 2010, Muñoz 2009, Race 2015).
Mohammad, a 40-year old Lebanese Shiite who lives in Hezbollah’s stronghold in Beirut’s southern suburbs, was holding forth on the virtues of resistance, loyalty, and sex.
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Sex in public is commonly framed as a social problem, a transgression of moral and legal codes that works to undermine social order and to erode the moral fabric of society (Berlant and Warner 1998).
As such, the boundaries of clean and unclean come to be policed as though sex in public were 'matter out of place' (Douglas 1966), even where desire figures centrally in the structuring of social relationships and in the maintenance of social order.