Why is the Middle East so at odds with modern life, laggard in everything from literacy to standard of living, from military prowess to political development?
- Marrying one’s daughters to cousins, as a way for the family to benefit from their fertility.
- Practicing polygyny, so as to benefit from the fertility of multiple women.
- Scrutinizing other families’ females, hoping to catch them in an immoral act, thereby compelling their men-folk to kill them and forfeit their fertility.
Mr. Pipes (www.DanielPipes.org) is director of the Middle East Forum and author of Miniatures (Transaction Publishers)