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Interfaith Marriages

The Tâlesh Solution

Christian Bromberger

The Tâlesh population is divided between Twelver Shi'a and Shafi'ite Sunnis. Here, the relations between the two 'communities' are harmonious and interfaith marriage is frequent. Family descent in Tâlesh is patrilineal (property, name and social status are transmitted along paternal lines) but the transmission of religious affiliation differs from that of property and social status and is governed, in the words of Meyer Fortes, by 'complementary descent': boys will adopt the religious affiliation of the father and girls that of the mother. So confessional affiliation is bilinear. However, there are exceptions that are as often linked to specific context as they may be to personal 'choice'.

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The Legal Debate on the Phenomenon of ‘White Marriages’ in Contemporary Iran

Magdalena Rodziewicz

In recent years in Iran some forms of gender relations typical for a traditional society have undergone significant transformation. 1 One such change concerns marriage, whose dynamics involve modifications in the family structure and redefinition

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Weddings, Marriage and Money in the United Arab Emirates

Jane Bristol-Rhys

Marriage has become an expensive proposition in the United Arab Emirates, so much so that it is used by some Emirati men as justification for marrying someone outside Emirati society. This article examines the changes in Emirati weddings over the last 30 years, presents a synopsis of the public discussion of Emirati marriages, and considers how the carefully contained public discussion deflects the comprehensive changes that have transformed Emirati society.

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A New Man for the New Woman? Men, Marriage, and Feminism in the Belle Epoque

Rachel Mesch

This article considers the role of men in a form of feminist expression promoted in women's magazines and novels during the Belle Epoque. “Belle Epoque literary feminism,“ as I have termed it, was characterized by a desire to reconcile gender equality with traditional gender roles, outside of political channels; it was also, I argue, defined by male participation. Focusing on a widespread effort to modernize marriage, the article examines both men and women's discussions of marital equality in the influential women's magazines Femina and La Vie Heureuse; it then considers the role assigned to men in realizing feminist marriage in two popular women's novels, Marcelle Tinayre's La Rebelle and Louise Marie Compain's L'Un vers l'autre.

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Philippine Prison Marriages

The Politics of Kinship and Women's Composite Agency

Sif Lehman Jensen

conflict and precariousness that permeates their everyday lives. The prison marriages enable the women both to insert themselves in the city and to respond to norms and questions of morality, which are socially and politically embedded in the home

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Native Marriage “Soviet” and “Russian” Style

The Political Economy of Desire and Competing Matrimonial Emotions

Vera Skvirskaja

This article proposes an alternative perspective on the debate on “native families,” and marriage strategies and choices, among rural Nenets on the Yamal Peninsula in Arctic Siberia. 1 It departs from the common narrative put forward by both

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“To take a wyf”

Marriage, Status, and Moral Conduct in “The Merchant’s Tale”

Natalie Hanna

Chaucer’s “The Merchant’s Tale” approaches the subjects of marriage, status, and moral conduct in the style of fabliau, using humor and satire to consider some more tangible fears of the medieval period. 1 Such concerns within marriage include

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The Paradoxical Agora

The Social and the Political in between the People in the Marriage Corners of China

Jean-Baptiste Pettier

. The place depicted is a ‘marriage corner’, a public space where people congregate in search of a match. On one side of the gathering are notices, pegged to a string suspended from a row of thin bamboo stems. The notices may be stylishly handwritten or

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Left in the Cold

The Mirage of Marriage and Family Law Reform in Post-Colonial Mali

Bruce Whitehouse

states intending to modernise family life and marriage. Their emphasis on natural rights and equality traced back to the Enlightenment era via France's Napoleonic Code of 1804 ( Kombo 2021 ). Roger Decottignies, a French jurist and founding dean of the

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Of Marriage, Divorce and Criminalisation

Reflections on the Triple Talaq Judgement in India

Anindita Chakrabarti, K. C. Mujeebu Rahman, and Suchandra Ghosh

Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act (MWA) was passed. This act turned instant divorce, now invalid, into a criminal offence. This article dwells on the trajectory of Muslim personal law reform since the Shah Bano case in the mid-1980s and