Guest Of The Sheik Essay

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Marriage is important in human society. Marriage is “the customs, rules, and obligations that establish a special relationship between a sexually cohabitating adult male and female, between them and any children they produce, and between the kin of the bride and groom” (Arenson, and Miller-Thayer 520). Most of the cultures are used to seeing only female and male getting married but looking deeper into the society; we can see there are more to it. There are many different types of marriages. In an ethnography called, Guest of the Sheik, by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea, she talks about her experiences in a small rural village of El Nahra in southern Iraq. Ethnography is “comprised of the writings ...view middle of the document...

I now understand that marriages are not necessary connect with romances.
Not only the marriage is a preferential cousin-marriage but it is an endogamy preferred tribe. Endogamy is “a rule requiring group members to marry within their own group” (Arenson and Miller-Thayer 519). Endogamy as a rule of marriage has its own advantages. It can contribute to the group unity and solidarity. It keeps women happier within their group. It helps to preserve the property within the group. It also safeguards the purity of the group. Finally, it helps to keep under secret the strength and weakness and also the professional secrets of-the group. The disadvantages are that they are limited in the choice of life partners. Elizabeth Fernea asked Laila as what she thinks of marriage. She asked Laila, “‘Who will you marry, then?’ I asked. Laila hedged, saying she didn’t want to marry, because Salima had told her marriage was nothing but work and not what it was cracked up to be at all. ‘But if you did want to, who would you marry?’ I pressed her. ‘Oh, my cousin,’ she said, ‘but there aren’t enough to go around” (Fernea 158). This shows that Laila does not expect to marry because there isn’t enough male cousins. As I keep reading, I feel that some women don’t want to get married because they find this type of marriage being meaningless and constantly require working. The best option for the women would be getting educated. It seems to me that preferential cousin-marriage and endogamy are decreasing because more people are getting educated and influence by the Western culture. I wonder in the future if preferential cousin-marriage will disappear.
Reading the article 18, “Arranging a Marriage in India” by Serena Nanda in the book Anthropology 13/14 made me understand why arrange marriage existed. Arrange marriage is “the process by which senior family members exercises a great degree of control over the choice of their children’s spouse” (Arenson and Miller-Thayer 517). I found it interesting...

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