Consanguinity in Context by Alan H. Bittles

By Alan H. Bittles

An important advisor to this significant modern factor, Consanguinity in Context is a uniquely finished account of intra-familial marriage. certain info on prior and current spiritual, social and felony practices and prohibitions is gifted as a backdrop to the personal tastes and ideology of the 1100+ million humans in consanguineous unions. Chapters on inhabitants genetics, and the function of consanguinity in reproductive habit and genetic edition, set the scene for serious analyses of the effect of consanguinity on overall healthiness within the early years of lifestyles. The dialogue on consanguinity and problems of maturity is the 1st overview of its style and is especially appropriate given the growing older of the worldwide inhabitants. Incest is handled as a separate factor, with historic and present-day examples tested. the ultimate 3 chapters deal intimately with functional matters, together with genetic checking out, schooling and counseling, nationwide and foreign laws and imperatives, and the way forward for consanguineous marriage worldwide.

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E. marriages between first cousins are not legal. However, Article 38 includes a number of other quite diverse categories of non-biological relationship which also are banned, for example, including: ‘2. Between step-parents and stepchildren’; ‘7. Between an adopted child and a legitimate child of the adopter’; and, rather more sinisterly: ‘9. Between parties where one, with the intention to marry the other, killed that other person’s spouse, or his or her own spouse’. It therefore would appear that in this section of the Philippines Family Code, concerns other than genetic health were in the minds of the draftees of the legislation.

It therefore would appear that in this section of the Philippines Family Code, concerns other than genetic health were in the minds of the draftees of the legislation. Consanguineous marriage and international law Arguably, the maintenance of civil legislation in the USA, PR China and Taiwan, and South and North Korea banning first-cousin unions could be held to be in contravention of international human rights conventions on the right to marry (Bittles, 2003). Article 16 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (1948) proclaimed that: ‘Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family’.

0128) in a Sikh community in Pakistan (Wahab & Ahmad, 2005), where first-cousin marriage is widely preferential in the majority Muslim population (Hussain & Bittles, 1998). Buddhism Buddhism originated in North India in the third century BC and the Prince Buddha is reputed to have married his first cousin. Perhaps for this reason there is no overall proscription on consanguineous marriage within the Buddhist tradition. , 1993 Fricke & Teachman, 1993) and Sri Lanka (Reid, 1976), but it is proscribed among the Buddhist Bodh community in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir (Bhasin & Nag, 2002), possibly reflecting the strong local Tibetan Buddhist influence, which proscribes cousin marriage.

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