Thursday, November 11, 2010

Obsidian Wings: Shariah justice

Obsidian Wings: Shariah justice: "As Hodgson discusses, this also explains some aspects of Islamic family law. He points out that in pretty much *all* 'advanced' societies, upper-class men have the option of keeping and having children by more than one woman: that is, they may be de facto polygynous. Traditional Christian societies are de jure monogamous, which means that only one of those women (and her children) count: mistresses, concubines, slaves and their children are not entitled to support or inheritance. Christian marriage doesn't protect children in general, it ensures that some children (and their mothers) get preferential treatment, while others may be righteously neglected."

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