The History of Sex: Istanbul -- 'The Ass Is Always Bigger' -- (Chap. II, Pt. 1)

Chapter Two 
Harem Cruising and Honor Killings 
in Istanbul 

Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient… 

As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. 

--The Koran (sura 4:34), c600 AD 

While the fall of the Roman Empire left the West fumbling around in the Dark Ages, a 'Prophet of Light' appeared in the East.

By all accounts, Mohammed was happily monogamous until his wife died when he was around fifty.

At that point, he began acquiring a harem, starting with a widow… and a six-year-old girl. Grandfatherly man of God that he was, though, Mohammed waited until little Aisha was nine to consummate the marriage.

Right from its conception some 600 years after Christ, Islam was a far sexier religion than its Semitic cousins.

If the Christian deity was a God of Love, then Allah was virtually a Love God, encouraging conjugal bliss among the Faithful to help boost their numbers against the Infidel.

Whereas Jesus was God incarnate—a seemingly asexual peacenik who died a virgin—Mohammed was fully human: a man's man and warrior.

Without the Christian concept of original sin to trouble them, the 'Last True Prophet' and his followers could enjoy guilt-free sex with more than one woman.

In theory, polygamy was also a divine way of seeing to the widows created by jihad.

Allah allowed men to take up to four wives (not counting slaves and concubines), though his Messenger wound up having at least nine—then again, he had the libido of thirty men.

For the average Mo, though, keeping more than one woman happy all too often took its toll.

I hate it when that happens:
A ram spooks a copulating couple
(from Hamse-i Husrev Dehlevi, 1498)

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