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Jim Dalrymple II and Trent Nelson
Reporter Jim Dalrymple II and photographer Trent Nelson cover polygamy for The Salt Lake Tribune. You can follow the Polygamy Blog on Twitter at @tribunepolygamy. Follow Jim Dalrymple II on Twitter at @jimmycdii. Follow Trent Nelson on Twitter at @trenthead.

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FILE - This Saturday, July 20, 2013 file photo shows sun setting behind minarets of a mosque a few minutes before Iftar, the meal served at dusk when Muslims break their day-long fast during the month of Ramadan, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)
Muslim polygamy increasing in Britain... we’re told

You know how we call it an "elevator" and the Brits call it a "lift"? Or how we talk about going to college while Britons attend university?

I could go on, but I’ll stop at this one: Apparently, what we in Utah call a "plural wife" the fish and chip eaters call a "co-wife."

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That’s just one of the nuggets from an article The Daily Beast posted yesterday about Muslim polygamy in the United Kingdom. The article quotes Muslims as saying plural marriage is increasing.

However, none of the sources or the writer are able to offer any data supporting the increase. NPR did the same thing in 2008.

Where is remarkable about the Daily Beast article is that it raises issues Utah has been grappling with for years: exploitation versus liberation for women, relationship dynamics and, of course, the law. Bigamy is illegal in Britain as it is here.

Behold my favorite passage from the article:

"The unexpected trend of professional British Muslim women agreeing to become second or third wives has startled Islamic religious leaders, some of whom disapprove, and is now gaining political attention with British Conservative politicians vowing to stamp out the practice—although how theoretically they will accomplish this remains unclear."

Sound familiar, Utah?

— Nate Carlisle

Twitter: @tribunepolygamy



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