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This is usually done to preserve wealth in the family and is more common in rural areas.
Among the Jews of Iraq, if the cousin cannot be persuaded to forgo his rights, then he is paid a sum of money by the girl's father.
Among the Kurdish Hamawand tribe the paternal male cousin must give his consent for the marriage to take place, though in the southern Kurdish regions the cousin right is not as strongly emphasized.
Among Arabs and Berbers in Morocco the cousin right has also traditionally prevailed.
Father's brother's daughter was most common but still only represented 38% of all cousin marriages, while 62% were with first or second cousins.
But most families had either no cousin marriages or only one, while for a few the rate was as high as 70%.
Additionally, the proportion of cousin marriage among urban families stayed constant: it was only rural families that drove the increase.
Patai reports that in the decades preceding 1962 the right was often ignored among the Syrian urban middle class.
Among the upper classes it appeared to be again more common, as certain leading families protected their wealth and status by reserving daughters for their cousins, though sons had more freedom of choice.
Marriage patterns among the elite were, however, always diverse and cousin marriage was only one option of many.
Rates were probably lower among the general population.Raphael Patai reports that in central Arabia no relaxation of a man's right to the father's brother's daughter (FBD, or paternal female cousin) seems to have taken place in the past hundred years before his 1962 work.