The Arab Dampener

There is a large problem in the Arab world that is holding them back. This problem is not known among most people as it is taboo to talk about it.

If we are to improve the Arab world, we must address this elephant in the room.

Prevalence of Incest

The Arab world has a serious problem with Consanguineous relationships resulting in children. Incest is such a universal negative that people, animals, and even plants avoid it. It is unsurprising to see a plethora of negative outcomes from communities and cultures that practice it with dignity.

Consanguinity

[“con” or common] + [“sanguineus” or blood]

This is referring to a relationship between two people who share a common ancestor or blood. In other words, consanguineous marriage refers to unions contracted between biologically-related individuals. In clinical genetics, a consanguineous marriage means union between couples who are related as second cousins or closer.

Among Arabs, this would include double first cousins, first cousins, first cousins once removed, and second cousins.

Schematic of world consanguineous marriages
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Consanguinity rates in Arab populations.

Minimum and maximum reported rates are indicated when available

  •  [>1C] = Double first-cousin marriage; [1C] = First-cousin marriage.
Country >1C, 1C Overall consanguinity References
Algeria 11.3 22.6-34 [ref,ref]
Bahrain 24.5 39.4-45.5 [ref,ref]
Egypt 14.3-23.2 20.9-32.8 [ref,ref,refref]
Egypt (Nubia) 39-47.2 60.5-80.4 [ref,ref]
Iraq 29-33 47-60 [ref,refref]
Jordan 19.5-39 28.5-63.7 [ref,ref,ref,refref]
Kuwait 16.9-31.7 22.5-64.3 [refref]
Lebanon 6.7-31.6 12.8-42 [ref,ref,refref]
Libya 48.4 [ref]
Mauritania 47.2 [ref]
Morocco 8.6-10 19.9-28 [ref,refref]
Oman 24.1 56.3 [ref]
Palestine 13.6-34.2 17.5-66.3 [ref,refref,ref,refref]
Qatar 34.8 54 [ref]
Saudi Arabia 24.6-42.3 42.1-66.7 [ref,ref,ref,ref,ref]
Sudan 44.2-49.5 44.2-63.3 [ref,ref,ref]
Syria 28.7 30-3-39.8 [ref,ref]
Tunisia 17.4-23 20.1-39.3 [ref,ref,ref,ref]
United Arab Emirates 20.7-28.2 40-54.2 [ref,ref,ref]
Yemen 32-34 40-44.7 [ref,ref]

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Analysis

The results are shocking, in many of these countries including: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and the UAE are estimated to have over half their population being a result of consanguinity.

This destructive habit has been brought with migrants to the Western World.

A BBC study reported that the majority of British Pakistanis are married to a first cousin. In Britain, while British Pakistanis were responsible for 3% of all births, they accounted for 30% of British children born with a genetic illness.

Denmark Pakistanis also experience high levels of these types of relationships.

Legal status and prevalence

The only places in which cousin marriage is banned is the US, Certain Southern European countries and the Orient.

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Effects of Incest

Children as a result of incest have severe defects. They have an extreme dip in IQ and heavier aggression even when controlled for age and socioeconomic status

Other effects include:

^Fewer than half of the children who were the product of incestuous unions were completely healthy. Forty-two percent of them were born with severe birth defects or suffered early death and another 11 percent were mildly mentally impaired.

This phenomenon may explain how the Arab world was able to be docile in the face of extremism.

Religious Backing

Scripture

Prohibited to you (For marriage) are:- Your mothers, daughters, sisters; father’s sisters, Mother’s sisters; brother’s daughters, sister’s daughters; foster-mothers (Who gave you suck), foster-sisters; your wives’ mothers; your step-daughters under your guardianship, born of your wives to whom ye have gone in,- no prohibition if ye have not gone in;- (Those who have been) wives of your sons proceeding from your loins; and two sisters in wedlock at one and the same time, except for what is past; for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful;- Quran

Example

The Prophet Muhammad himself married cousins, as he did with Zaynab bint Jahsh, who was not only the daughter of Umaimah bint Abd al-Muttalib, one of his father’s sisters

Muhammad also allowed the marriage of his daughter, Fatimah, to his cousin, Ali ibn Abi Talib, who would later go on to become the fourth Rightly-guided Caliph of Islam.

The second Caliph, Umar ibn al-Khattab, also married his cousin, Atikah bint Zayd ibn Amr ibn Nufayl.

Conclusion

We must address this issue of inbreeding among Muslims as the ramifications of habitual inbreeding are catastrophic on the subsequent generation.

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