Before any reasonable in-law would accept an offer of marriage to their daughter, they want to know if the man:-has a good job-can pay for an apartment-can pay for the wedding-can buy the daughter gold jewelry-can furnish the apartment with new furniture, curtains, cups--you name it.-can buy the wife a new wardrobe. This is where I came in last night--he wanted to know if I had any suggestions.
This is in addition to all of the usual background questions about his family, upbringing, education, and so forth.
The interaction between single Arabs, male and female, really depends on the situation.
In Arab culture, these situations are very controlled.
Marriage is also the path to social legitimacy and social security. For the record, it is extremely rare for Egyptians to marry in their teens.
Families take care of each other through thick and thin; without a family of one's own, life becomes infinitely more difficult and expensive. - Either is ok, but they'll need to talk about whether she'll be willing to veilafter they get married.
Marriage is also seen as a means of reinforcing social relationships.
You will notice that marriage relationships in traditional Egypt, is dictated by religion.
First comes marriage, then the baby carriage, then love (if you’re lucky).
Arabs, on the other hand— arguably the most romantically-minded people on the planet—have a knack for putting their feelings in more heartfelt terms than in the likes of such songs as “Hit Me, Baby, One More Time” (Britney Spears’ claim to fame) and “I Want You Back” (N Sync).
For example, Lebanese singer Asy el-Hellani sings which translates into “If they took my eyes, they would see you (in them).” But relationships don’t always start out that way..
For some Muslim men, considering there is a huge percentage of Arabs who are Muslim, it is hard for the men to accept the cultural “non-interaction” with women.
Imran Ahmad, a Muslim man states in an article, April 20, 2007, “When it comes to girls, I yearn to be James Bond.” He thinks that since there is more than one view and definition of Westerners and their culture and actions, then there should be more than one way to be a good Muslim.