Muslim Genetics (2)

An earlier post suggested the incompetence of Muslim societies may have a genetic root. Here’s an example of the incompetence, and some more evidence.

The example:

The “lords of war” will decide Israel’s future if it rejects a blueprint for peace crafted by the entire Arab world, Saudi Arabia’s veteran foreign minister warned yesterday…

“What we have the power to do in the Arab world, we think we have done,” he said. “So now it is up to the other side because if you want peace, it is not enough for one side only to want it. Both sides must want it equally.”

But Israel’s Muslim neighbors have broken every agreement they’ve made with it, used every Israeli territorial concession to mount new attacks, and are committed to its destruction. So it will never sign up to this.

So how come a presumably educated member of the Saudi elite reasons like a 5-year old?

An earlier post suggested the Muslim practice of cousin marriage will tend to limit genetic diversity and preserve damaged genetic material. That would explain the incompetence of the many races that have adopted Islam.

Opponents argue that races don’t differ genetically, but that’s bunk – for example you have an increased risk of glaucoma if you’re:

…of African-American, Irish, Russian, Japanese, Hispanic, Inuit, or Scandinavian descent.

Here’s a piece on the effects of cousin marriage on immigrants to the UK:

Part of what makes Ballard’s 1990 “Migration and kinship” piece so powerful is that he has identified Punjabi migration to Britain as something like a natural controlled experiment, with cousin marriage as the key variable.

Somewhere between two-thirds and three-quarters of all South Asians in Britain are Punjabis. The Punjab sits athwart the border of India and Pakistan and is home to substantial communities of Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs. Muslims live almost exclusively in the Pakistani half of Punjab, while Sikhs and Hindus live largely in Indian Punjab. Whatever their religion, Punjabi migrants to Britain have a great deal in common.

In family life, Punjabis of whatever religion organize themselves into patrilineal descent groups

Despite these many similarities, the position of Punjabi Muslim, Sikh, and Hindu immigrants in Britain dramatically differs.

Ballard focuses his comparison on two immigrant groups: Punjabi Muslims from the Mirpur region of Pakistan and Punjabi Sikhs from the Jullundur region of India.

So what’s the difference between Jullunduri Sikhs and Mirpuri Muslims? Quite simply, Jullunduri Sikh’s have moved relatively far down the road of assimilation, while Mirpuri Muslims have not.

Now largely middle class, many British Sikhs have abandoned manual labor to start their own businesses, have moved from the inner city to the suburbs, and currently see their children performing academically at the same level as other middle-class Britons.

British Mirpuri Muslims, on the other hand, move between unemployment and manual labor, are still largely confined to poor, inner-city ethnic enclaves, and rear children with a limited grasp of English and a notably low level of academic achievement…

The factors that inhibit assimilation have less to do with Muslim beliefs per se than with the distinctive, non-textual practices that organize Muslim society.

In particular, the practice of cousin marriage has served to create a culturally insulated community of Mirpuri Muslims in Britain.

The writer suggests the Muslim deficiency is behavioral, not genetic. That can be tested by holding cousin marriage constant and changing the culture. If that results in smarter Muslims, we’re dealing with a cultural problem, and if not, it’s probably genetic.

The behavior of Muslim immigrants approximates such an experiment, and the failure of the very different policies of the French, Brits and Germans to civilize second and third generation Muslim immigrants suggests a genetic rather than a cultural cause.

None of which is to say that all Muslims are incompetent – as with all populations, there’ll be a bell curve of competence, and some Muslims will be very smart.

There just won’t be many of them, as Saudi Arabia’s veteran foreign minister demonstrates.


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