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Courtship: Arab States
(1,310 words)

Across the Arab world, the expressed Islamic ideal is for courtship and the selection of a husband to take place through or with the help of a woman's family. Premarital interactions between a prospective couple should be highly circumscribed to protect the woman's virtue and reputation. In practice, young people are increasingly selecting their own partners and making use of novel technologies to do so, and even dating widely, but deference is still paid to the ideal of family involvement and female virtue.

Arranged marriages (often called “salon marriages” because the couple…

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Wynn, Lisa, “Courtship: Arab States”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 23 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0165a>
First published online: 2009



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