Hi there,

Living in a constantly changing world, makes me often think, why till now Islam did not progress in some fields. One of those fields is related to women! Like why a moslem woman cannot marry a man of the Book for instance? Knowing that, Qura'an has and is treating a moslem woman as an equal to a man and has given her many many rights. Also, this makes me wonder, does this restriction on moslem women (like interfaith marriage) exist because of a clear religious rule or is it just out of tradition?

Thank you,
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I thought Muslem men couldn't really marry non-Muslims either?

Actually a lot of religions like to 'keep it in the family' so to speak. Interfaith marriages may not be accepted by a lot of religions, of course they can't stop you going ahead, but you may not be accepted in your religion any longer. I can think of quite a few Christian churches that make you leave if you marry outside the church.
Hi Nona,

Actually, in Islam, moslem men can marry a woman of the book, that means a moslem, a christian or a jewish! However, a moslem woman is not granted the same right!

Thanks for your reply,

Take care,
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Interesting.

Perhaps it is something to do with the religion of any children of the marriage? Perhaps there is an assumption that a child will be brought up in the father's religion regardless of the mother's religion, so then her faith 'loses' followers.
Shiroucat
Actually, in Islam, moslem men can marry a woman of the book, that means a moslem, a christian or a jewish! However, a moslem woman is not granted the same right!

This is an interesting revelation indeed! I have an aunt (Christian) who married a Muslim man and today lives her life like any other muslim woman. There are many churches in India, where people who marry out of the faith, are not accepted.
Nona The BritPerhaps it is something to do with the religion of any children of the marriage? Perhaps there is an assumption that a child will be brought up in the father's religion regardless of the mother's religion, so then her faith 'loses' followers.

In islam, a man is supposed to lead the family. Thus, it is perfectly all right for a Muslim man to marry a Christian or Jewish woman, as long as they support their children in becoming good Muslims (in accordance with the father's wishes). It does not have to do anything with other faiths losing followers but with producing people with the right faith. Today, however, many less religious people disobey with archaic regulations like this one.
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"Thus, it is perfectly all right for a Muslim man to marry a Christian or Jewish woman, as long as they support their children in becoming good Muslims (in accordance with the father's wishes). It does not have to do anything with other faiths losing followers but with producing people with the right faith".

That is what I was saying. She will not be allowed to marry out as then her children may not be Muslim. Islam may lose her children as followers.
Interestingly the viewpoint is completely opposite in the Jewish faith. This is passed on through the mother only, so a woman can marry out and her children will be born Jewish, but if a man marries out his children will not born Jewish and will need to convert if they wish to take his faith.

Makes a lot more sense to me. Let's face it - a child's mother is always its mother but its father may not necessarily be its father!
I wonder how that works if the child is adopted?

Some people say that this rule is an expression of woman's strong standing in the Jewish faith, but other argue that it's the opposite.

Anyway, I think it's great when you have a child of a mixed-faith marriage to learn the traditions and holidays of both, even if they only truly practice the faith of one. More cultural knowledge can only be a good thing, I think.
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