Although permitted under Muslim law, polygamy is generally regarded as both impractical and undesirable because of the additional economic burden it places upon the household and because of the personal complications it entails.
Polygamous families consist of a man, up to four wives, and their children.
Improper conduct toward an unmarried girl damages the honor of her lineage.
Her father and brothers will seek redress, which can take the form of killing the girl and the man involved, killing the man or driving him from the village, or a settlement between the two lineages.
Sign up today to start meeting Lebanon Catholic Singles.Men marry to have sons who will continue their lineage, work their land, and do honor to their house. In some villages girls tend to marry in their late teens; boys, in their early twenties. Among educated families, young men frequently postpone marriage for many years, some of them waiting until their late thirties or early forties.Women marry to attain status and to bear sons for protection in their old age. Christians and Druzes do not enter into a formal marriage contract; Muslims, however, do.A survey of families in Beirut, made in the early 1960s, indicated that there was more than one wife in only 3 percent of the Muslim families interviewed.Other than the marriage of close relatives, such as first cousins, a factor that often enters into the choice of a marriage partner is interest in expanding family resources.A man rarely has more than two wives, one of whom is sometimes much younger than the other, and is married after the children of the first wife are almost fully grown.