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Volume :37 Issue : 4 2009      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The Social Value of Mahr in Kuwaiti Society

Auther : Fahad A. Al Naser

The study aims to carry out research on the social value of Mahr in Kuwaiti society, showing the reality of the Mahr system, supportive mechanisms for the high amount of Mahr values, besides the social effects of its high value. The study was conducted on a sample of 700 Kuwaiti citizens of both sexes. It depends on a scale especially designed to match the studys goals and objectives, and validity and reliability measures have been applied. The study concludes that there is a high social value to the high amount of Mahr. The study states that there is a significant difference between the genders awareness of the reality of the high value of Mahr in Kuwaiti society, while males respond more expressively about the difficulties of Mahr than females. In addition, the study states that 75% of the sample tends to emphasize the prestige of high Mahr to a degree that might dissolve marriages, if they do not agree about Mahr. Social values highlight the high cost of Mahr and it is positive social effects. The study explains that younger, more highly-educated, working women will have higher Mahr in society.There are some other cultural factors that support the high value of Mahr, such as showing off between families, and no pre-marital relationships between brides and grooms. The study shows that the sample members are aware of the negative effects of the high value of Mahr. For instance it will increase cross-nationality marriages (heterogamous), the prevalence of bachelorhood among men, the late age of marriage for both sexes, and tension between newly-weds and their families. In addition, there has been an increase in the number of secret marriages and unofficial marriages. There is no difference in awareness of the negative effects for the high Mahr value between the two sexes. In general, there is an awareness of the negative effects for the high Mahr value, and, furthermore, there is a critical perspective for high Mahr value in Kuwaiti society because it is considered to be a burden or a pressure mechanism on social relations. In spite of all of that, there are beliefs and traditions which consider the high value of Mahr to be prestigious to the family and the bride, which have further negative reflections on family and marriage in Kuwaiti society.

key Words:Sociology of family, kuwait,Marriage,Mahr,Bride Price. 


 

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