February 15, 2007

Marriage and the Terror War

Very interesting article on "preferential patrilateral parallel cousin marriage" and how it relates to Islam.

.... In this first in a series of essays on Muslim cousin-marriage, I want to begin to make the case that Muslim kinship structure is an unexamined key to the war on terror. While the character of Islam itself is unquestionably one of the critical forces driving our global conflict, the nature of Islamic kinship and social structure is at least as important a factor — although this latter cluster of issues has received relatively little attention in public debate. Understanding the role of Middle Eastern kinship and social structure in driving the war not only throws light on the weaknesses of arguments like D’Souza’s, it may also help us devise a new long-term strategy for victory in the war on terror.

The whole thing here.

Posted by Ith at February 15, 2007 12:42 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE