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Yagoub Yousif Al-Kandari

The rate of consanguineous marriage in Kuwait is considered to be high. Several research studies have shown that marriage among relatives is one of the major factors leading to health problems because it increases homozygosis. This article deals with both cultural and physical aspects by examining the health consequences of consanguineous marriages in Kuwait. Variables such as reproductive wastage, health problems in the offspring and infant mortality are included and measured in relation to other socio-cultural variables. Cultural variables such as the respondents' roots (Bedouin and non-Bedouin) and beliefs (Muslim Sunni and Muslim Shi'a) are also examined. The results show that there is no significant association between consanguineous and non-consanguineous marriages in the rate of abortion or the mortality of infants and children up to five years old. Finally, the data reveal significant differences between the genetic and genetic-environmental diseases in consanguineous couples' offspring and those of non-consanguineous couples. Since some of these findings contradict those of other studies, more research is needed.

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Sachiko Hosoya

prevalence of thalassemia major is related to consanguineous marriage. A literature review in the late 1960s to 1980s showed that 24.5 to 37 per cent of marriages in some Iranian local cities and nomadic tribes were consanguineous, and the majority of them

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Temperamental Differences

The Shifting Political Implications of Cousin Marriage in Nineteenth-Century America

Susan McKinnon

manner, progeny,—assuredly leave the question of the results of consanguineous marriages, although strictly an undetermined one, yet relieved of much of the evil with which it has been hitherto charged. Thus, unlike the opponents of cousin marriage, who

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‘Life Is Tight Here’

Displacement and Desire amongst Syrian Refugee Women in Jordan

Morgen A. Chalmiers

. Rayan and Hiba were in consanguineous marriages and had married their first cousins in 2011 at the ages of 15 and 19, respectively. Both became pregnant shortly after marriage and, less than a year after the wedding, found themselves fleeing the

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Replenishing Milk Sons

Changing Kinship Practices among the Sahrāwī, North Africa

Konstantina Isidoros

Ethnologist 18 , no. 4 : 751 – 769 . 10.1525/ae.1991.18.4.02a00070 Reilly , B. ( 2013 ), ‘ Revisiting Consanguineous Marriage in the Greater Middle East: Milk, Blood, and Bedouins ’, American Anthropologist 115 , no. 3 : 374 – 387 . 10.1111/aman