Cultural Immersion Project 3- Couple of the Muslim Faith Lillian Reaves
I had a pleasure of experiencing a unique interview with a couple. The interview was extremely rewarding, challenging and educational. In my interview, I encountered a couple in their mid-30s that had been dating for approximately four years. Dina and Rahim are the couple that I interviewed. Through this interview, I expanded my understanding on the cultural factors that have helped them shape their identity. The couple is of the Muslim faith and traced their historical background back to Washington, D.C. They explained that Muslim groups are divided in different subgroup on the basis of their ancestry origin. According to Rahim, the Muslim cultural background consists of a strong family with strong elements of strict discipline. Growing up in such a family may set specific prerogatives within social life. However, this background setting can also make it hard for someone to attend any social gathering. As a result of Rahim’ childhood experience, those experiences made him unsocial and difficult for him to relate with the opposite sex. Despite the negative effect that Rahim’s cultural background has had on his social life, the background has made him become determined and responsible in life. His cultural beliefs have played a significant influence in his past relationships. Dina cultural background is African American. To me, this seemed to be a perfect chance for a successful marriage since they both share common cultural background. She has learned from her cultural beliefs that women should not rely on their husbands for everything. According to Dina, this inspired her to leave her previous abusive marriage. Her culture has formed a strong foundation in her life and made a moral support system for her that has roots in this cultural background. During the interview with the couple, the session was highly interactive, and the couple was extremely open on the cultural issues. The couple...
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