A draft law which would allow girls to get married from the age of nine has been put forward for discussion in Iraq’s parliament.
The amendments to Iraq’s Personal Status law - first proposed in 2014 - is based on the teachings of the Jaafari school of Shia religious jurisprudence, and if passed, would only apply to the country’s Shia community.
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This location provided two major assets: fertile land, irrigated by river waters that produced a surplus of food, and a good placement for trade with other settlements.
While these advantages made the region one of the key sites for the development of human civilization, the location also made the area desirable to outsiders and subject to repeated invasions over the course of its history.
Present day Iraq exists on land known to the ancient world as Mesopotamia.
The territory was defined by its position between two rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates.