The family sold their belongings after fleeing airstrikes in the northern city of Saada last year.But the money raised was not enough to pay their debts to the hospital and relatives.

"Or else, I would never have married her off." Due to her extreme youth, Fayrouz's husband had to sign a document promising not to consummate their marriage until she reached puberty.

He paid $2,000 for her dowry, with $400 more at a future date.

However, after the wedding, when they reached her husband's home, he started to flirt with her and ordered her to get into his bed. I called my father and he called my grandfather." Her grandfather, who lived in the same town, came immediately.

While some kids may not be ready for a $400 gaming console, the Leap Frog's Leap TV ($150) could just be perfect. The games that are either preloaded or available for download on Leap TV are kid-appropriate and educational.

The system also comes with a unique controller that flips out to become a wand to simulate baseball bats, tennis rackets or other tools.

The deepest differences between Muslims and Westerners concern not politics but sexuality.

Each side has a long history of looking at the other's sexual mores with a mixture of astonishment and disgust.

(The term termagant sums up the surprising way Westerners saw Muslim women before the seventeenth century.) Here are some examples of customs and social attitudes from the Muslim side of the divide (in reverse chronological order) that have me, for one, shaking my head.

I have made sure only to include instances in this weblog entry that represent a general outlook, and not just a single person's idiosyncrasy, anecdotes that reflect the Shari'a or societal consensus, not deviants and outcasts.