I came across an article on how numerous Muslim polygamous are. They are estimated to be as much as Mormon polygamists. The full article can be read here. It talks about how Mormon Polygamists such as us are working to change the law, and yet Muslims are not rallying to change the law.
They refer to urban anthropologist Robert Dannin who points out in his 2002 ethnography, Black Pilgrimage to Islam, some of the most intense and divisive feelings about polygamy are found within the Muslim community itself. According to him, many Muslim women are frankly relieved that the law of the land forbids husbands from taking multiple wives. We recently wrote a post about Muslim women in the UK turning to polygamy because of a lack of good men available among other things, so I wonder how true that is here in the U.S.?
He also points out that male Muslim religious leaders may have slightly different motivations in accepting the legal status quo. Fear primarily, when at a time when leading presidential candidates can suggest the routine wiretapping of mosques and nearly half of the American public has a negative view of Islam, defending polygamy may seem to incendiary at this time.
Even here in Utah we have had African and even Bosnian and other ethnic groups emigrate that include Muslim polygamists. I know this because some of the social workers we have worked with to educate on our culture have told us about some of these groups and the struggles they have, not unlike ours in some cases. I am sure the stigma Muslims have in this country have a lot to do with it. But I would like to here from our Muslim friends or others with experience out there as to why they think there is not more support for changing the law from this community? Also, if anyone has credible numbers on how many of them there are in the U.S?