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At a time when Western marriage norms are already under challenge, Muslims are testing legal loopholes and even seeking taxpayer support for multiple brides. This development has vast significance: Just as the concept of one man, one woman marriage has shaped the West’s economic, cultural and political development, the advance of Islamic law (Shariah) will profoundly change life as we know it.

Daniel Pipes ( is director of the Middle East Forum and Taube distinguished visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.