By Martha Bailey
Polygamy and plural marriage became front-and-center matters in Europe, Canada, and the us, significantly on spiritual fronts: between a few splinter teams of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and in Islam. Polygamy within the Monogamous global: Multicultural demanding situations for Western legislations and coverage takes either teams into consideration because it presents a cautious exam of criminal polygamy in non-Western international locations and plural unions in North the United States. evaluating those comparable, yet legally designated kinds of union, it bargains a clean standpoint on how Western international locations should still reply to those relationships. in particular, the ebook surveys non-Western nations the place polygamy is legally practiced, then presents an outline of plural unions in North the US. the issues of polygamy and plural unions are tested, together with the opportunity of tne abuse of other halves. The responses of Western governments to such relationships are reviewed, and the simplest strategies are pointed out to envision what rules can be followed going ahead.
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190 There are three basic requirements for a valid marriage contract in Sudan. First, the parties must both agree to the marriage and its conditions. Second, the couple must meet the proper age requirements. The minimum age is eighteen for men and sixteen for women. 192 A stipulation may be included that prohibits the husband from marrying additional wives. If such a stipulation is broken, the wife is entitled to a divorce without having to prove a detriment. 197 As in other African countries, there are concerns about polygamy’s link to the spread of HIV/AIDS and to domestic violence.
In particular here, the strategic secrecy of misyar (‘‘ambulant’’) marriages in Saudi Arabia is identified by ‘‘Arabi’’ as a key element in the development of the institution, and one which was subsequently addressed (with an insistence of publicity) by the Kingdom’s Mufti. The institution of misyar marriage involves the wife waiving her rights to maintenance, the provision of accommodation, and the husband’s cohabitation with her. 300 Although misyar marriage is not explicitly time limited, it is often de facto temporary marriage, ending almost invariably in a quick planned divorce.
183 A distinct form of temporary marriage is practiced in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco. The purpose of the temporary marriage is to acquire additional laborers by creating a kinship tie: A landless young man who comes from afar to work for the family is called amhars, meaning a person added to the owner. All that the amhars produces goes to the family head, but he later receives a share of the revenue. It is a formal contract: the lineage council decides on the goods the amhars is to receive in order to establish himself, how long he will have to work for the family head, and the share of the revenue he will receive at the end of the contract.
Polygamy in the Monogamous World: Multicultural Challenges for Western Law and Policy by Martha Bailey