Polygamy In The pre-Islamite Arabs

Syed Ameer Ali describes the presence of polygamy in the pre-Islamite Arab in his book “A short history of Saracens”:

The pre-Islamic Arabs were like the ancient Hebrews, accustomed to marry many wives. This was the natural consequence of the decimation of men in tribal wars; for the women would otherwise have starved. The Prophet Muhammad, by imposing a limit to the custom, indirectly forbade polygamy, but made it comformable to all stages of society.



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