Marriage between cousins remains rampant in much of the Muslim world And the results are truly tragic
“You do know half of the Arab world is inbred, right?”
It was a jarring line. It sounded both coarse and false. I politely answered that, no, I was not aware of this particular fact. I must have been smirking, because he persisted. “It’s true. Look it up.”
It was at this point I expressed skepticism. Perhaps he meant some villages in the Arab or Muslim world? Nope, he said.
I said I’d look into the matter, something I did several weeks later. To my surprise, I found an abundance of information on the subject. To my embarrassment, I found that my friend was pretty much right. Reliable research suggests consanguineous marriage rates in many Arab nations are as high as 50 percent.
It reminds me of the Amish community tbh. They have a bad reputation for incestual relations as well.