Polygyny permittit an practiced.
  Legal status unkent or ambiguous.
  Polygyny generally illegal, but its practice nae fully criminalised.
  Polygamy fully ootlawed an abolished an its practice fully criminalised.
  • In Indie, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysie, Sri Lanka, an Eritrea, polygamy is anly legal for Muslims.
  • In Sooth Africae, polygamous marriages unner customary law an for Muslims are legally recognised.
  • In Mauritius, polygamous unions hae no legal recogneetion. Muslim men mey, however, "marry" up tae fower women, but thay dae nae hae the legal status o wives.

Polygamy (frae Late Greek πολυγαμία, polygamia, "state o marriage tae mony spooses" or "frequent marriage")[1][2][3][4] involves marriage that includes mair nor twa partners an can faw unner the broader category o polyamory.[5][6]


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  2. πολυγαμία. Liddell, Henry George; Scott, Robert; A Greek–English Lexicon at the Perseus Project.
  3. "Dictionary of Standard Modern Greek" (in Greek). Center for the Greek Language. |chapter= ignored (help)
  4. Babiniotis, Georgios (2002). "s.v. πολυγαμία". Dictionary of Modern Greek (in Greek). Lexicology Centre.
  5. http://www.scienceofrelationships.com/home/2012/8/17/opening-up-challenging-myths-about-consensual-non-monogamy.html
  6. Zeitzen, Miriam Koktvedgaard (2008). Polygamy: a cross-cultural analysis. Berg. p. 3. ISBN 1-84520-220-1.