I don’t want to harp on this issue too long, but I’m more or less forced to because of those who keep blaming every bad action of Muslims on the West or on “colonialism,” rather than features inherent in the faith itself.
One of those actions is child marriage, practiced by Muhammad himself, reputed to have deflowered his wife Aisha, whom he married at the age of six, at the ripe old age of nine. The practice does have a lot of cultural rather than religious background, and occurs in non-Muslim countries like India and Nicaragua, but is also officially endorsed by some schools of Islam.
The age of marriage and of sex varies among those schools, with some maintaining that one should not have intercourse with a woman (even if married younger) until she reaches puberty. That, of course, could be as young as 10 or 12. Other schools maintain that
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