Before any marriage at all can take place in an Arab society a marriage contract must be signed.
This can be a virtual formality, or it can be the subject of fierce negotiations, often spread out over months.
Egyptians have been found buried with metal wire around the third finger of their left hands, which was believed to be directly connected to the heart by a vein.
For one thing, some societies practiced infanticide, killing primarily female infants, and creating a scarcity of women.
Frequently the bride will have had a word to say about this.
The husband will pay for (and own) the house, he will be expected to furnish and equip it and to support his wife and feed and clothe her.
Many anthropologists and social historians have expressed their views that early humans practiced polygamy (one man with several women in the marriage union) or polyandry (several men with one woman).
In either case, quite likely the women involved in the union probably had been captives before they were wives.