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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Doha Debates will hit close to home, questioning marriages between cousins

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Tomorrow night, the The Doha Debates brings this month’s discussion home with the topic “This House believes marriage between close family members should be discouraged,” a practice not uncommon in Qatar and the rest of the Gulf.

In released remarks, Tim Sebastian, chairman and presenter of The Doha Debates, says he expects the deliberation – with geneticists on either side – to be lively and controversial:

“This is a highly sensitive debate. It covers genetics, culture, tradition and a wide variety of family issues. In the context of an Arab world that is, to some extent, redefining itself, I’m sure it will be a thought-provoking discussion.”

While probably too late to get tickets for Monday night, you can always register to attend future debates on their website. And tune in to @thedohadebates on Twitter for live updates from the debate.

Here’s what some of the people they’ve asked had to say:

What are your thoughts on the issue?

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