Theme 1

Courtship, sex, and marriage in the muslim world and beyond

My recent work has focused on contemporary courtship practices in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and evolving attitudes about sex, marriage, religion, and democracy among youth. I co-lead with Roger Friedland (UCSB-NYUAD) and Maria Charles (UCSB) a survey on Sex, Marriage, and Religion in MENASA. Employing popular social networking sites, such as Facebook, we have conducted survey research on the intimate lives of young people in a number of Muslim-Majority countries such as Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Palestine, Tunisia, and Turkey.