Thursday, March 02, 2006

The Post 9/11 Classroom -- Embrace Diversity!



Some students or teachers may ridicule the fact that Arabs may have more than one wife. Mary Ali of the Institute of Islamic Information and Education website stipulated that Arabs may marry more than one woman because there are more women in the world than men and that the male population is further reduced by wars. “Polygamy helps more women become part of a family. Polygamy has been practiced by mankind for thousands of years. Many of the ancient Israelites were polygamous, some having hundreds of wives. King Solomon is said to have had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines”. Another website, Cultural Orientation tells us: “One’s status in Arab society is determined by the place of one’s extended family.” And, because “marriage is expected of everyone,” a man having more than one wife is ensures those women a place in society.

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