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A dowry is a gift of money or valuables given by the bride's family to that of the groom to permit their marriage. In societies where payment of dowry is common, unmarried women are seen to attract stigma and tarnish the household's reputation, so it is in the bride's family's interest to marry off their daughter as soon as she is eligible. In some areas where this is practiced, the size of the necessary dowry is directly proportional to the groom's social standing, thus making it virtually impossible for lower class women to marry into upper class families. In some cases where a woman's family is too poor to afford any dowry whatsoever, she is either simply forbidden from ever marrying, or at most becomes a concubine to a richer man who can afford to support a large household.

The tradition of giving dowries is perhaps most well-known in the country of India, where it is still very common, especially in rural areas, despite being prohibited by law as of 1961. Dowries were also important social components of Roman marriages.

The converse of a dowry is a bride price.

Mahr means dowry in Arabic. According to the Quran it is given by the groom to the wife, not to the father.

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Mehar in Islam | Mehr | Mahar | Mahr (1965 words)
Mahr does not have to be money but nearly always is. Mahr is usually negotiated before marriage, but in instances where mahr is not agreed upon, a Muslim judge can determine the amount at a later date.
For mahr to be enforceable, the agreement must meet the standards of state law applying to all ante-nuptial contracts.
Mahr was defined in the contract as "a ring advanced and half the husband's possessions postponed." The court decided that the reference to "half" the husband's possessions was not clear and specific enough to be enforceable as a contractual term.
Dr. Timothy Mahr (650 words)
Active as a guest conductor and clinician, Mahr is in demand across the nation and in Norway and Canada as a conductor of all-state bands, intercollegiate bands and honor band festivals.
Mahr is well known as a composer and has over 40 works to his credit, 24 of which are compositions for band.
Mahr is married to Jill Mahr, musician and educator, and they have two daughters, Jenna and Hannah.
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