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The New Arab ManEmergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East$
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Marcia C. Inhorn

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691148885

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691148885.001.0001

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Consanguineous Connectivity

Consanguineous Connectivity

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(p.123) Chapter 4 Consanguineous Connectivity
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The New Arab Man
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Marcia C. Inhorn

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691148885.003.0005

This chapter illustrates Abbas' story which speaks to the importance of family—not only Abbas' desire to create a family of his own but also the support he receives from his natal family members. Like many other young Middle Eastern men, Abbas chose to marry his female cousin Fatima out of love and affection, as well as family expectations. However, cousin marriage (known more formally as consanguineous marriage) may perpetuate life-threatening genetic conditions such as cystic fibrosis, and may be the single-most important reason why male infertility rates across the region are so high. When impediments to childbearing occur, families are often called upon to assist reproduction through various kinds of material and emotional support.

Keywords:   consanguineous marriage, family, Middle Eastern men, family expectations, genetic conditions, male infertility, cystic fibrosis

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