Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Go a cousin you really, really like? Try Islam and make it legal


“About 40 percent of the population marries a cousin in Egypt, while the percentage in Jordan is 32 percent. Rates are thought to be even higher in tribal countries such as Iraq and the Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Kuwait. A 2005 BBC survey found that 55 percent of Britain’s huge Pakistani population was married to a first cousin. In many parts of the Islamic world, it’s considered unusual if not offensive to marry someone outside of one’s family or tribe. The pressure to marry a family member can be intense. Western thought leaders are hesitant to broach the subject, perhaps out of fear they’ll be mocked as xenophobic or portrayed as an Islamophobe.





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