2011-01-02 00:28:59 UTC
I have been reading an article on the subject and wondred what the law
is in NZ regarding first cousin marriage.Initially I was doing some
research on inbreeding in dogs but then got on to inbreeding in humans
which I know
I couldn't find any info regarding this here.
It has destroyed dynasties and effected the royal houses of Europe . For
the last 1400 years since the prophet
allowed first cousin marriage it has become commonplace in many Muslim
In the UK 55% of Pakistanis marry first cousins , however in Bradford
the rate is much higher , more 75% of Pakistanis marry first cousins in
order to keep wealth within the family .
Despite warnings about the dangers of inbreeding most Pakistani families
are refusing to heed the cautions, even when their own children have
serious genetic disorders. They blame other things for such disasters,
eg. doctors, prescribed drugs, ir Allah's will etc...
It has been disastrous in terms of their offsprings health. In the UK
even though Muslims represent only 3.4% of births nationally, the
incidence of recessive gene disorders from the group accounts for 30% of
all births nationally.
In Bradford they have identified more than 140 recessive gene disorders
amongst local children.
In the UK Pakistani families are 13 times more likely to have family
with recessive gene disorders.
NB: The article is written by a Dane so it mentions the effect
inbreeding is having on the Muslim community in Denmark.
Muslim Inbreeding: Impacts on intelligence, sanity, health and society
Massive inbreeding within the Muslim culture during the last 1.400 years
may have done catastrophic damage to their gene pool. The consequences
of intermarriage between first cousins often have serious impact on the
offspring's intelligence, sanity, health and on their surroundings
The most famous example of inbreeding is in ancient Egypt, where several
Pharaonic dynasties collapsed after a couple of hundred years. In order
to keep wealth and power within the family, the Pharaohs often married
their own sister or half-sister and after a handful of generations the
offspring were mentally and physically unfit to rule. Another historical
example is the royal houses of Europe where royal families often married
among each other because tradition did not allow them to marry people of
The high amount of mentally retarded and handicapped royalties
throughout European history shows the unhealthy consequences of this
practice. Luckily, the royal families have now allowed themselves to
marry for love and not just for status.
The Muslim culture still practices inbreeding and has been doing so for
longer than any Egyptian dynasty. This practice also predates the
oldest monarchy (the Danish) by 300 years.
A rough estimate shows that close to half of all Muslims in the world
are inbred: In Pakistan, 70 percent of all marriages are between first
cousins (so-called "consanguinity") and in Turkey the amount is between
25-30 percent (Jyllands-Posten, 27/2 2009 More stillbirths among
Statistical research on Arabic countries shows that up to 34 percent of
all marriages in Algiers are consanguine (blood related), 46 percent in
Bahrain, 33 percent in Egypt, 80 percent in Nubia (southern area in
Egypt), 60 percent in Iraq, 64 percent in Jordan, 64 percent in Kuwait,
42 percent in Lebanon, 48 percent in Libya, 47 percent in Mauritania, 54
percent in Qatar, 67 percent in Saudi Arabia, 63 percent in Sudan, 40
percent in Syria, 39 percent in Tunisia, 54 percent in the United Arabic
Emirates and 45 percent in Yemen (Reproductive Health Journal, 2009
Consanguinity and reproductive health among Arabs.).
A large part of inbred Muslims are born from parents who are themselves
inbred - which increase the risks of negative mental and physical
Would a ban on inbreeding by Western governments be the answer ? Maybe
not since many ofnthem would return to their country of origin to marry
and then return.