May 12, 2005
The married man pays up-front for sex; she grants him a specified amount of time; if she gets pregnant, it's agreed that she will get an abortion. It's religiously sanctioned and there is paperwork involved. Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? She is in.........Iraq?
Apparently, there are similar legal-but-hidden semi-marriage options elsewhere in the middle east. An urfi marriage in Egypt seems similar to the Shiite muta'a, and in Saudi Arabia a misyar marriage translates roughly to 'passerby marriage', though it is hard to pin down what the rules really are in any of these situations. I'll now step aside and let y'all argue whether it is sacred Shiite tradition or legalized prostitution, or whether it makes any difference. (and yes...a USA Today article was the best I could find)
Other models include "mudaraba (Contract for proportionate profit-sharing between labour and capital), musharaka, (partnership), Istisnaa' (Contract for manufacture and supply of a product on deferred payment), leasing, and salam (Sale deed of a commodity absent at the time of the finalization of the deal)." (cite)