Evolving Family Patterns in the Arabian Peninsula

Authored by: Amira Sonbol

Routledge Handbook Of Persian Gulf Politics

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367193737
eBook ISBN: 9780429201981
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This chapter explores the transformation of the modern family in Arabia over the decades, particularly in the last few years of the twenty-first century. The evolution of the nuclear family system, which often serves as the legal basis of the laws and constitutions of Gulf states, is particularly examined. The chapter discusses the basic laws and basic beliefs regarding the family in countries of Arabia before analyzing the challenges that the family faces today and the transformations, with particular concerns for the marital crisis that confronts these communities.

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