Elite Malay Polygamy : Wives, Wealth and Woes in Malaysia, Hardback Book

Elite Malay Polygamy : Wives, Wealth and Woes in Malaysia Hardback

Part of the Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives series


Elite Malay women's polygamy narratives are multiple and varied, and their sentiments regarding the practice are conflicted, as they are often torn between personal and religious convictions.

This volume explores the ways in which this growing practice impacts Malay gender relations.

As Muslims, elite Malay women may be forced to accept polygamy, but they mostly condemn it as women and wives, as it forces them to manage their lives and loves under the "threat" of polygamy from a husband able to marry another woman without their knowledge or consent; a husband that is married but available.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Gender studies: women
  • ISBN: 9781785339905

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