Tuesday, May 28, 2013

21.1% National Inbreeding/Consanguinity Rate in Turkey

Due to Islamic strictures and prohibitions against males and females inter-mingling with the unmarried, Mahometan Turks have a high rate of inbreeding, despite the ruses of Kemalist modernists. When family forbids socialization with peers of the opposite sex or makes it difficult, the young have to narrow their focus amongst their related cousins and other relatives that they are allowed to socialize with and inevitably develop feelings there or have a family member notice "how well" they get along together, so why not arrange a marriage.

Ann Hum Genet. 1994 Oct;58(Pt 4):321-9.
Pubmed.gov: Consanguineous marriage in Turkey and its impact on fertility and mortality.
Tunçbílek E, Koc I.
Source
Hacettepe University Institute of Population Studies, Ankara, Turkey.
Turkey has a high rate of consanguineous marriage (21.1%), indicating strong preference for this traditional form of marital union. Social and cultural factors are especially important in marriages between first and second cousins. Fertility is high, the closed birth interval is long, and the sterility rate is low among these couples. Post-neonatal, infant and under-5 mortalities are high in first cousin unions by comparison with non-consanguineous marriages. According to the results of the study, first cousin marriage is a significant determinant underlying the high total fertility and infant mortality rates in Turkey.

Sly Turks of the Kemalist variety will blame this high rate of inbreeding on Kurds, but even the Turks of Western Turkey or "white Turks", have a high rate of consanguinity:

Annals of Human Biology: SHORT REPORT Consanguineous marriages in Denizli, Turkey
1999, Vol. 26, No. 5 , Pages 489-491 (doi:10.1080/030144699282598)
M. TURE, B. TUGRUL, N. MERCAN, H. TURE, B. AKDAG
For the study 1000 families were interviewed during 1996 in the city of Denizli, which is situated in Western Anatolia and has a population of 79 211 families. The overall rate of consanguinity was 11.7% ... The principal type of consanguineous marriage recorded was between first cousins, which accounted for 49.6% of all unions. For both sexes, a significant negative association was observed between consanguinity and mean age at marriage and level of education.

But the rate is higher in Eastern Turkey:
The frequency of consanguineous marriage in eastern Turkey.
Akbayram S, Sari N, Akgün C, Doğan M, Tuncer O, Caksen H, Oner AF 
Department of Pediatrics, Yüzüncü Yil University Faculty of Medicine, Van, Turkey.
Genetic Counseling (Geneva, Switzerland) [2009, 20(3):207-214]
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METHODS: This study was performed in Van region, Eastern Turkey, between September 2005 and April 2006. A total of 650 families from 24 districts chosen in accordance with the number of inhabitants were included in this study. First cousin marriages were accepted as a first degree CMs, sesquialter and second cousin marriages as second degree and marriages between distant relatives were accepted as a third degree CM. ...
RESULTS: Of all families, 224 (34.4%) had CM, and 168 (75%) had first-degree consanguinity. A lower CM rate was found in mothers who graduated from secondary school or upgrading (p < 0.01). However, no relationship was found between CM and fathers' education level. While a low CM rate was found in families who had two or less children (p < 0.01), high rate was observed in families who had five or more children. In addition, a high rate of miscarriage, stillbirth and mental-motor retardation was found in families with CM (p < 0.05). The rate of child mortality between the aged 0-2 years was found to be higher in families with CM (p < 0.01). The higher CM rate was observed in families who married due to pressure or insistence of their families than married voluntarily (p < 0.05).
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According to another study, even on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, inbreeding is increasing amongst the rural populace, not decreasing.

4 comments:

  1. Consanguinity is closely associated with genetic defects and still births. See a study in Kahramanmaras, Turkey:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15711682

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  2. hey
    interesting blog. i have interest in the Turkish society.
    may i ask please what was your motivation for this blog?
    i hope this is ok me asking.
    thanks in advance
    mony shlomo

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  3. @duke:
    You should check out the following article by Nicolai Sennels:
    Islam Vs Europe: Psychologist: "Serious consequences of Muslim inbreeding"

    @mony:
    I am Greek American and I have interacted with Turks on the net, mostly via forums for almost a decade. What I have noticed is that Turks are big time liars, self-promoters and ultra-nationalist jingoists. This blog is in English, and every Turk that is fluent in English had to have spent nearly half a decade to obtain fluency in what they would call a infidel(gavur) language and to do that they had to learn alot about the Anglosphere. Basically the issue is that in this culture of liars, the Turkish society, there are many that know enough of infidel society to make believable enough lies, however, the corollary doesn't hold, almost no Westerner wants to know Islam or Turkish society. What there are however is many Western "tolerance romantics" a type of traitor that wants to hold theoretical positions on how tolerant they believe Islamic societies like the Turkish is, without wanting to learn anything about Turks or Turkey, because the more they would learn the more intolerance they would find everywhere. So this blog is a small endeavor to close this gap.

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