Relationship between Men and Women are Shaped into Numerous Kinds of Marriages.The word Friend has Replaced the word Marriage in the West but Not in the East
In Arabia, in Pre-Islamic Era, there were four kinds of marriages in vogue:
A custom according to which a man would say to his wife “Send for so and so (naming a famous man), and have intercourse with him.” The husband then would keep away from her society until she had (been) conceived by the man indicated, but after her pregnancy became apparent, he (her husband) would return to her. This originated from a desire to secure noble seed.
A man asked another man for the hand of his daughter or sister and in return gave her dower and married her.
A number of men less than ten, used to go to a woman and have sexual connection with her. If she conceived and gave birth to a child, she would send for them, and they would be all bound to come. When they came and assembled, the woman would address them saying: “You know what has happened. I have now brought forth a child. O so and so? (naming whosoever of them she chose). This is your son. ” The child would then be ascribed to him, and she was not allowed to disclaim its paternity.
A number of men would of men used visit a woman who would not refuse any visitor. These women were prostitutes and used to fix at the doors of their tents a flag as a sign of their calling. If woman of this class conceived or brought forth a child, the men that frequented her house would be assembled, and physiogonmists used to decide to whom the child belonged.”
(With slight alteration from: Rahim’s Muhammadan Jurisprudnece-1997, Mansoor Book House, 2-Kutcchery Road, Lahore)
Types of Marriages in Other Parts of the World
There are two major types of Marriages:
- Civil Marriages:
- Religious Marriages:
- Third Type of Marriages is a Combination of Above Two.
Marriages between people belonging to Different religions are called Interfaith Marriages
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Some unique types of marriages e.g. marrying two sisters at a time are mentioned in this sociological link:http://www.sociologyguide.com/marriage-family-kinship/Types-of-marriages.php
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