|Friday, Sep 14, 2012 - 5:00 AM
"This House believes marriage between close family members should be discouraged."
The Doha Debates threw themselves into one of the Arab world's most sensitive social issues, arguing the rights and wrongs of inter- marriage between blood relatives and voting overwhelmingly to discourage the practice. In a lively session that featured geneticists and cultural commentators, speakers grappled repeatedly with the scientific and religious aspects of consanguineous marriage - the union of two biologically-related people, including, most controversially, first cousins. Such marriages are especially prevalent in the Middle East and woven deeply into the social fabric of Islam. D