Following are excerpts
from an interview with Kuwaiti political activist Salwa Al-Mteiri, which
aired on Al-Hayat TV on July 1, 2011:
I thought that if the age of slave-girls was restored in a proper legal
fashion, it could be a solution [to many problems], Allah willing.
women and wives in Kuwait welcome the idea of slave-girls, and have
their husband go to some office and buy a slave-girl or two? How will
they accept it?
The believing woman is content with the law of Allah, and with what
her religion requires her to do. In my opinion, this is the best solution
to reduce the rate of marital betrayal and the spread of disease. This
is a problem not only in Kuwait, but throughout the world.
from slave-girls, you are demanding that a law be legislated that would
permit a Kuwaiti woman to go and buy a husband with special traits from
Europe or the Balkan countries. Explain this to me.
In my view, a woman's pride is her most precious thing. If she is educated,
owns a house, and has financial means, why shouldn't she help a man
from a country with a Muslim community? She would help him enter the
country, and they would set up a home together.
wouldn't she feel that she was buying a husband with her money?
No, she is helping him. Why do we always distort things and not look
at the full picture? On the contrary, she is helping him. She pays for
the visa so that he can come, and that way she feels she is helping
him, and in return, he helps her to start a family, he helps her in
life, and he honors her by making her his wife and the mother of his
you think that Kuwaiti men will welcome this call? He might say: "I
am a fellow citizen of yours, and you go and bring a husband from abroad?!"
I noticed that you said: "Just like we think about improving the
quality of air and we plant a million trees, I am thinking about improving
the quality of offspring to come." You are hinting, in fact, that
such husbands have special attributes and are good-looking.
That is true. We have many Muslim communities [in the Arab countries],
but they come from very poor countries, and I don't think they are very
productive when they enter the country. If they were to come from European
countries, I think they would improve the country. I have noticed this
in Dubai. When they came to Dubai, it turned into a leading country
in the world. It became a well-known country. I hope that the same thing
will happen to Kuwait. Incidentally, I propose this for the entire Arab
world, not just for Kuwait.
Why did I choose this
group? Because some educated women do not agree to be controlled by
men. They prefer a husband who is more like a friend to them. As you
know, Arab men like to think of themselves as the master of the house,
and they consider women to be inferior to them, while European men view
women as their friends. Some women like this kind of thing – to be
a wife and a friend, and to be respected because she is educated and
her family invested in her, so she is not prepared to be looked down
on. I think that on the contrary…
said that there are confrontations with Kuwaiti husbands, which lead
to divorce. So it is better to turn to the option of importing such
a husband, who would do his wife's bidding, obey her, and pamper her,
and that way, she would spend the best days of her life with him, without
any clashes or fights.
Yes, that is what we wish for, and it is what we demand of him. If he
violates any clause of the contract, he will bear the consequences…
he violates the contract…