This site is not maintained. Click here for the new website of Richard Dawkins.

[UPDATE] Steve Jones "risks political storm over Muslim 'inbreeding'."

UPDATE: There's a Daily Mail (take warning) article on cousin marriages here (thanks to Dirty Kuffar for the link).

One of Britain’s most eminent scientists has warned that the level of inbreeding among the nation’s Muslims is endangering the health of future generations.

Prof Steve Jones, the geneticist, said that it was common in the Islamic world for men to marry their nieces and cousins.

He said that Bradford has a particular problem and warned that it could affect the health of children born into these marriages.

Prof Jones, who lectures at University College London, is likely to find himself at the centre of controversy in the wake of the comments.

Similar remarks made by Phil Woolas, a Labour environment minister, in 2008 resulted in calls for him to be sacked from the government.

Prof Jones, who writes for the Telegraph’s science pages, told an audience at the Hay Festival: “There may be some evidence that cousins marrying one another can be harmful.

“It is common in the Islamic world to marry your brother’s daughter, which is actually closer than marrying your cousin.

“We should be concerned about that as there can be a lot of hidden genetic damage. Children are much more likely to get two copies of a damaged gene.” He added: “Bradford is very inbred. There is a huge amount of cousins marrying each other there.” Research in Bradford has found that babies born to Pakistani women are twice as likely to die in their first year as babies born to white mothers, with genetic problems linked to inbreeding identified as a “significant” cause.

Studies have found that within the city, more than 70 per cent of marriages are between relations, with more than half involving first cousins.

Read on

TAGGED: GENETICS, ISLAM


RELATED CONTENT

Pakistani girl accused of Qur'an...

Jon Boone - The Guardian Comments

Tensions rise between Muslim and Christian communities amid claims that 11-year-old desecrated text

Update - NewStatesman article -...

AFP - Yahoo News Comments

A Pakistani-born couple were jailed for life by a British court Friday for murdering their "westernised" teenage daughter in an apparent honour killing.

British Police: You did the Islamic...

Maryam Namazie - - Comments

British Police: You did the Islamic morality police proud

Jihadists’ Fierce Justice Drives...

Adam Nossiter - The New York Times Comments

The vast desert expanse of northern Mali has become a magnet for Islamic extremists.

Letter to Trevor Phillips, Chair of...

- - Maryam Namazie Comments

Letter to Trevor Phillips, Chair of Equality and Human Rights Commission

The courage to think for themselves

Maryam Namazie - Council of... Comments

Over one hundred people joined the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s hugely successful 5th anniversary celebration luncheon

MORE

MORE BY JONATHAN WYNNE-JONES

Christians more militant than Muslims,...

Jonathan Wynne-Jones - Sunday... 94 Comments

Lord Patten attacks 'intolerant'...

Jonathan Wynne-Jones - Sunday... 102 Comments

Clergy told to take on 'new atheists'

Jonathan Wynne-Jones - Telegraph 240 Comments

Ministers apologise for insult to Pope

Jonathan Wynne-Jones - Telegraph.co.uk 108 Comments

Faith groups to be key policy advisers

Jonathan Wynne-Jones - Telegraph.co.uk 131 Comments

Church blesses fathers with beer

Jonathan Wynne-Jones - Telegraph.co.uk 92 Comments

MORE

Comments

Comment RSS Feed

Please sign in or register to comment