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Old 04-21-2017, 04:20 AM
 
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I'm curious about this. Working here in Gulf and I'm told that cousins often marry each other. This results in learning disabilities with some of the children. Is this something cultural (in Arab but not in other Muslim countries) i.e Indonesia, or something religious? Would be interested in others' view on this.

 
Old 04-21-2017, 06:08 AM
 
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I'm curious about this. Working here in Gulf and I'm told that cousins often marry each other. This results in learning disabilities with some of the children. Is this something cultural (in Arab but not in other Muslim countries) i.e Indonesia, or something religious? Would be interested in others' view on this.
It is more cultural than religious. Religion does not require them to marry only cousins.

In some cultures they won't even think of finding a match outside the family circle (cousins are considered first). Another cultural thing in some Muslim communities is marrying only within the caste or tribal system (this is not religious).

From religious point of view, it is debatable whether only the prophet was allowed to marry his cousin or Muslims at large too are allowed to marry cousins.

I won't agree with the view that the cousin marriages result in children with learning disabilities. I have seen many children of such marriages to be quite bright learners. What I do agree with is that a long sequences of cousin marriage in the same family would sooner or later produce health-wise weak children.

My personal view is that the cousins should not marry each other. With spread of education, things are changing in the communities where cousin marriages have been norm in the past.
 
Old 04-21-2017, 01:18 PM
 
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I'm curious about this. Working here in Gulf and I'm told that cousins often marry each other. This results in learning disabilities with some of the children. Is this something cultural (in Arab but not in other Muslim countries) i.e Indonesia, or something religious? Would be interested in others' view on this.
Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin married their first cousins. Even Rudy Guiliani married his cousin.
 
Old 04-21-2017, 02:59 PM
 
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This appears to be a topic unrelated top Islam.

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