Marriage and Divorce in Islamic South-East Asia

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This study draws on statistical, historical, and ethnographic data to provide a clear and comprehensive picture of the remarkable changes which have occurred in this region since the 1950s. Age at marriage for females has risen sharply, age differences between spouses have narrowed, and divorce rates have fallen drastically in relation to rates in Western countries. Gavin Jones sets these trends within the context of the pre-Islamic situation in the region, and the more recent political, social, religious, ...
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Overview


This study draws on statistical, historical, and ethnographic data to provide a clear and comprehensive picture of the remarkable changes which have occurred in this region since the 1950s. Age at marriage for females has risen sharply, age differences between spouses have narrowed, and divorce rates have fallen drastically in relation to rates in Western countries. Gavin Jones sets these trends within the context of the pre-Islamic situation in the region, and the more recent political, social, religious, economic, and legal changes which have influenced family and marriage patterns. This is a fascinating account of changes in marriage and divorce patterns in a region experiencing rapid economic and social development.
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"A well-written, generously documented depiction of trends in marriage and dissolution among Malay peoples in Southeast Asia....Jones's thoughtful interrogation raises many questions for those who wish to understand how to use demographic data as a basis for deep study of culture change. Tables, figures, maps, and some illustrative photographs are all well produced and provide excellent support for the text."--Choice

"[His] command of the material is truly impressive...by compiling and analyzing such a comprehensive array of data, Jones has done a great service to scholars interested in Southeast Asia or in changing marriage patterns anywhere in the world."--American anthropologist

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Australian National University
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Table of Contents

Preface
Tables
Figures
Maps
Plates
Appendices
1 Introduction 1
2 The Social, Economic, and Legal Context: Influences on Traditional Culture 18
3 Trends in Marriage Timing in Islamic South-East Asia 59
4 Influences on Age at Marriage 112
5 Marriage Dissolution: Widowhood, Divorce, and Remarriage 163
6 Influences on Stability of First Marriage 218
7 Polygyny: Trends and Influences 268
8 The Effect of Changing Marriage Patterns on Fertility 288
9 Conclusions 304
Appendices 312
Bibliography 322
Index 342
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