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Religious Controversies

Mushirul Hasan

in Exploring the West

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780198063117
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080199 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198063117.003.0013
Religious Controversies

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The author recalls having engaged in a discussion about religion and marriage with Captain S. and other people while in England. Captain S. told him that Mussulmans content themselves with predestination and have no deliberation. When some people asked why he is not taking a wife, the author said it is impossible for him to marry in England. He argued that those women who are of good caste and noble will not connect themselves with a person of inferior rank and of a different religion; and he himself, in his own country of India, is considered noble. Thus, although a woman of low caste in England may want him, he does not wish to have any thing to do with her. The same people asked him again why his fellowmen sometimes marry two wives, and others four, or why his prophet married nine wives and allowed the people of his sect to marry four.

Keywords: England; religion; marriage; caste; women; Mussulmans; wives

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