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Our culture emphasises the importance of monogamy as it is illegal for a person to be married to more than one husband or wife at the same time However not all cultures practice monogamy in some cultures it is absolutely acceptable and normal to have more than one spouse at a time This type of marriage practice is called polygamy and there are two main forms Polygyny is practiced when a man has more than one wife at a time Polyandry on the other hand occurs when a women is married to more than one husband at the same time The fact that polygamy is successfully practiced in diverse religious and cultural settings suggests that although not generally an accepted marital form in the west it is an effective social arrangement A culture that is known for its men having several wives is the Islamic culture This practice is based on the teachings of the holy Quaran According to these teachings God has given permission for man to marry up to four women on one condition he must be able to treat all of them fairly This is not an easy task unless the man is wealthy Men are polygamously allowed up to four wives whom they can equitably support However in muslim culture probably no more than five percent of all households are polygamous Speaking Graphically A man is obligated to treat each wife equally and fairly This is a difficult task considering that the man is responsible for the financial well being of all of his wives He is also the provider for all of his children It is also important to consider the emotional component of a marriage It is difficult to give each and every wife the same attention because one wife may be more emotionally involved with the husband than the other wives which would cause a feud in the household Although Islam men are allowed to have several wives
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