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Mushirul Hasan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780198063117

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198063117.001.0001

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Religious Controversies

Religious Controversies

(p.53) 12 Religious Controversies
Exploring the West

Mushirul Hasan

Oxford University Press

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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