Dating in middle eastern culture
The reason is mainly because Middle Eastern traditions and religious customs do not support this.Since many Middle Eastern people live in a predominately conservative society, the notion of a man and a woman dating and going out on their own is frowned upon, especially for the woman.Upstairs couples mingle on the balcony where it's not uncommon to see a pair steal more than just a friendly kiss.This is the scene of the new, trendy Middle East, where (for a small group) sex before marriage is possible.AMMAN -- At nine on a Thursday night, La Calle -- a popular bar in Amman -- is just starting to fill up.A Jordanian woman in a low-cut shirt shares a love seat with a man with slicked-back hair; the two lean in close, talking quietly and laughing.While fundamentalists tend to grab most of the headlines, throughout the region a growing number of young people are breaking with tradition. In Iran, for example, a recent government survey showed that one in four men between the ages of 19 and 29 had sex before marriage.Back in Jordan, a wave of child abandonments last year prompted one medical official to call for lifting the ban on abortion in Jordan, a topic so taboo here it's generally considered outside the realm of discussion.
Their families, though, especially their fathers or brothers, are usually oblivious to that fact.Beginning with the oil boom in the 1970s, many Arab families became increasingly fragmented as people moved to the Gulf for lucrative jobs.Today the trend continues, as people move to cities or abroad for work.Now, as a housewife and a stay-at-home mom, I try to pursue more realistic goals—like an undisturbed night’s sleep and a great cup of coffee.
While enjoying the time I get to spend with my family, I was inspired to write Before getting married, I had never had a boyfriend/lover/acquaintance (whatever you want to call it) before.
The Internet and cell phones have provided young people with the means to privately communicate.