Although Gulf Arabs and natives are entitled to marry as they attain puberty, the median age for Muslims to marry has considerably increased in recent times, to around 25. The ideal marriage traditionally was tribal and you had related families driving or encouraging the offspring to marry their cousins or other relatives for increasing and strengthening the tribe. In Muslim Matrimony, they were also occasionally encouraged to marry into other tribes for mending bridges between families. Marriage acted a political tool in this regard. Another reason for these marriages was that both families knew the partner’s background.
Talking about some Latin countries where young couples in the nations are allowed to interact under the vigilance of a chaperon.
- The different norms: In some of the more stricter and stringent Gulf societies, a marriage is arranged without a. It doesn’t include the face appearance too. The man has to rely on the statements of his female relatives pertaining to his wife’s appearance.
- The marriage contract: There are three primary elements of Muslim Matrimony. First, the groom has to discuss and agree to the mahr or dowry with the bride’s father. The dowry might entail clothing, jewelry, and gold, and is usually of considerable mirth. This is an imperative in Arab culture but in countries like India, dowry is often skipped by the modern Muslim couples. After the dowry settlement, you have the penultimate marriage contract, which is supervised by a religious or legal representative. The bride is asked in isolation if she agrees to the matrimony and the same question is presented to the groom. After they agree, the groom joins his future father-in-law’s hands and the marriage becomes official in the presence of two witnesses.
- Another present: You have another stage where the couple actually meets as man and wife. It’s the wedding party. You have segregated celebrations here with the women and men in two different sections of the house. The couples meet on the last night of the revelry, accompanied by friends and eventually set off for the honeymoon. When they return, they set up their home either with the groom’s parents becoming members of an extended family or set up their own home.
- The inference of Polygamy: As per Sharia Law, a Muslim man is allowed to have four wives under the condition that he can look after with equal treatment and materially too. This is a decadent practice now because not only most can’t afford it, but because women are increasingly becoming assertive and independent, and many don’t accept it. The fact is that Muslim women can insert another clause in the marriage contract for restricting the husband from getting married to another woman as long as the contract remains significant. The wife can also retain her own name post marriage.
- Gender shifts and roles: Although gender roles and parts have perennially been clearly defined and underline in the Islamic world, with the woman as nurturer and man as provider, both man and wife are more and more going out to work.
This is much less prevalent in Saudi Arabia, where there are ceilings on women working, barring some culturally acceptable professions like teaching and medicine.
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