Marriage is a very important part of Muslim culture. In fact, as soon as most Muslims enter their late teens, parents start dropping hints about marriage. Often you are expected to get married, or at least engaged, in you early-20s and if you get to the ripe old age of 30 without being married, your community starts to pity you and question your normality.
Ghaffar Hussein examines some of the explanations provided to explain the protests and violence throughout the Muslim in response to a low-budget, obscure anti-Islamic film. "I interpret much of what I see taking place in Muslim-majority societies as a reaction to this cognitive dissonance which emerges when Muslims consider the status of Islam and Muslims in the world today." The full article can be found at at The Commentator website here.