By Anjum Altaf
What have we learned from our discussion of the laws of inheritance?
First, that laws pertaining to the same issue can differ across societies and over time.
Second, that laws need not be divinely ordained and fixed for all times and places. The law of primogeniture was introduced in England in 1066 after the Norman invasion because the Norman knights who were awarded land grants did not wish their estates to be diluted by divisions.
Third, laws can have negative and positive effects. The law of primogeniture was unfair because it deprived all heirs except the eldest son from a share in the wealth of the father.