Polygamy In The pre-Islamite Arabs
May 4, 2012 Leave a comment
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.