The Process of Arranged Marriage
The Arabic culture has many unique aspects just like any other culture in the world. One of these aspects is Arranged Marriages, which many people have varying viewpoints on. This paper will layout the various opinions and view points that come to mind when a person hears the phrase Arranged Marriage. Furthermore it will layout the initial process where a bride and groom initially meet, as well as the females overall say in the process of who her to be husband is. After that this paper will display the facts of the ceremony and various traditions that are involved. The overall learning objective is to gains a deeper understanding of the Arranged Marriage process. First thought an official definition is needed so that there is a base line for the phrase Arranged Marriage.
The official definition of Arranged Marriage “ the marital partners are chosen by parents, community elders, matchmakers or religious leaders in an effort to guide young people through the process of finding the right person to marry. Arranged marriages worldwide encompass a wide variety of procedures, cultural customs, length of courtship, as well as the practical and spiritual reasons for the matching of the partners. Generally, such a match is based on consideration other than pre-existing mutual attraction.” (New World Encylopedia). This definition provides a definitive base line for the phrase Arranged Marriage, which then can be later, applied as a focal point for this research paper.
Throughout The University of Toledo main campus various students were asked, what words or thoughts came to mind when they heard the phrase Arranged Marriage. Twenty Four different students ranging in ethnicity, age, gender were approached for their opinion. This resulted with many mixed results, which consisted of hostile and peaceful responses. There was though one response that was quite unique. The student has the response “The Big Bang Theory”, when I asked the student to further explain his reasoning; he explained that there is a character (male) on the show that’s family has set forth to find him a wife from India. When all the actual details were confirmed, the televisions show it is actually a general comedy, which has a sub topic where one man of Indian decent cannot find a suitable companion in America. So his family has set forth to find him the best possible candidates, ranging from friends in the family and so forth. The show brings the situation of arranged marriage to light as comedy relief and does not show the full seriousness of the process. Some positive responses that were received from students at the university varied from “ Chance of a lifetime” to “their own way of life” each response is unique in its own way. When looking deeper into the significance of the student’s statements, and their further explanation of why they said what they said, it allowed for they’re to be a deeper understanding of their thought process. One of the...