PAKISTAN: Polygamy Reviewed

"Marry such women as seem good to you, two, three or four," the Holy Koran exhorts the faithful, "but if you fear you will not be equitable, then only one, or what your right hands own, so it is likelier you will not be partial." Through 13 centuries, Moslem males have enjoyed polygamy and insisted that they have avoided partiality. But the truth is quite otherwise, to hear the 20,000 members of the All-Pakistan Women's Association tell it. "If any man is honest with himself and understands human nature," argued one passionate Pakistani feminist, "he will...

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