A marriage contracted for a limited period, for a certain sum of money. Such marriages are still legal among Shiites, but are considered prohibitted by Sunnis. (Dictionary of Islam, by Patrick Hughes).
Even though mut?ah is prohibited by Sunni schools of law, several types of nonpermanent marriage exist, including misyar (ambulant) marriage and ?urfi (customary) marriage, that gained popularity in parts of Sunni world (Mut'a, by Karen Ruffle, Oxford Bibliographies).« Back to Glossary Index
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