Islam Research Paper

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Emily Cortese
Dr. Sam Opol
African Religions
9 November, 2012
Islamic Research Paper
Introduction
The religion of Islam holds many specific regulations in conjunction with marriage and all that comes with it. These regulations are highly valued and help to define some of the cultural values behind Muslim communities. Sects of marriage law include commitments and contracts, choosing of a spouse, repudiation, polygamy, and interreligious marriages. All of these issues are strongly tied to standards within Islamic law and help to define the nature of Islam in general.

Beginning a Marriage
In the religion of Islam, marriage is viewed as a necessity. Celibacy is highly discouraged because marriage is seen as a completing factor of one’s life. Jacques Jomier, the author of How to Understand Islam, informs his readers that, “The general opinion is that men and women only attain the fullness of their personalities in parenthood” (Jomier 76). In fact, the main aim of marriage for woman is motherhood, while men receive pride and feelings of completion through having a wife and making children. Because of the public looks of Muslim women, many may think that Islam belittles women and does not allow them many rights. However, the Qur’an, Muslims’ holy book, calls for “love and kindness between husbands and their spouses” (77). The issues of marital age and choice of spouse used to be much stricter than they are in modern Islamic countries. Many countries and states have made age requirements for when a Muslim couple can marry for safety and political reasons; traditional practices may have married a girl off as young as 13 or 14 years. The same goes for the choice of a spouse. A woman now has the right to refuse a proposed husband, as opposed to her family choosing for her. Even those who hold to traditions to this day, have made boundaries: “Now even those who are most traditionalist no longer allow marriage to be concluded before the two interested parties...
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