Trouble times four

September 16, 2008

It’s like they say about drinks for an alcoholic: One is too many, 84 aren’t enough:

Police in northern Nigeria have arrested a Muslim preacher who claims 86 wives and 107 children, charging him with breaking Islamic laws governing marriage.

[. . .]

It was unclear when the man would appear before the court, or what the potential punishment could be. Muslim principles forbid men to take more than four wives.

Why four, I wonder, instead of three or five or six? What’s the religious magic of four? And up to four wives are allowed only if the husband can “deal justly” with them. Good luck with that.


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