Polygamy in the Quran

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Polygamy in the Quran James M. Arlandson The Quran is allegedly the final Testament to all humankind, so its teaching should spread around the world for the good of humanity. However, one of its clear teachings says that men may be polygamous. This Muslim feminist says that polygamy, which she relabels polygyny, is no threat to society because it is used only in extraordinary circumstances: Muslims view polygyny as an institution which is to be called into use only under extraordinary circumstances. As such, it has not been generally regarded by Muslim women as a threat. Attempts by the feminist movement to focus on eradication of this institution in order to improve the status of women would therefore meet with little sympathy or support. However, in normal usage "polygyny" is worse than polygamy because it denotes sexual liasons without marriage. But her article seeks to protect the Quran on this issue without eliminating the practice—having your cake and eating it too. However, this traditional Muslim website says that polygamy has wisdom behind it. The male Muslim scholar lists eight reasons, such as this one: There are some men who may have strong physical desires, for whom one wife is not enough. If the door is closed to such a man and he is told, you are not allowed more than one wife, this will cause great hardship to him, and his desire may find outlets in forbidden ways. But is polygamy or polygyny or plural marriages the best path for all of humanity? What does New Testament Christianity say on the matter? Polygamy with a maximum of four wives For the historical and literary topical contexts of Sura 4, please visit this webpage. The Quran in Sura 4:3 says: And if you be apprehensive that you will not be able to do justice to the orphans, you may marry two or three or four women whom you choose. But if you apprehend that you might not be
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