|Description||Polygyny is widely practiced across Dhofar reflecting the resiliency of the Islamic family law. However, as the country is accommodating transnational influences polygynous marital arrangements are undergoing changes. Drawing on qualitative data collected within a large-scale quantitative study comprising a sample of 1,192 respondents on polygyny in Dhofar 2004-2010, the entanglements between religious mores on and cultural practices of polygyny are discussed through individual case-work analysis. First, it is argued that polygynous marriage remains a pragmatic arrangement in the context of tribal relationships. Second, the tension in re-defining gender roles manifest chiefly in this marital arrangement. Third, through cultural flow and technological, economic, and educational changes mating strategies are reinterpreted encompassing a slow shift from pragmatism to romanticism. The manifestations of change presented by the data are showing the small but vital steps being made by men and women which are redefining and reinterpreting polygyny and society as a whole.
Keywords: Arabian Gulf, Consanguineous Polygyny, Cultural Flow, Indigenous Systems, Multi-Cultural Adaptation||en_US