Dating practices in iraq

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Other dependent relatives may also be attached to the group.The senior male is the head of the family; he manages its properties and has the final voice in decisions. The next level of organization is the lineage, composed of all persons, male and female, who trace their descent from a common ancestor.He decides what education his children will receive, what occupations his sons will enter, and, usually in consultation with his wife, whom his children will marry.These authority patterns also have been greatly weakened in the urban environment and by the shift of more and more responsibilities from the family to larger social institutions, such as the schools.To field a sufficient force it has had to draw down the available labor pool on the home front, and to compensate has mobilized women.In the mid-1980s, observers reported that in many ministries the overwhelming proportion of employees were women.

The basic structural unit of the family consists of a senior couple, their sons, the sons' wives and children, and unmarried daughters.In an agricultural setting, as long as ownership of land and other possessions is vested in the family as a whole, the possibilities for a young man to set up an independent household are limited.In urban centers, on the other hand, young men can avail themselves of wage-earning employment.Until 1959 family life was subject to regulation only according to religious law and tradition.All Muslims were brought under a single body of family law for the first time in 1959 with the enactment of a secular law on personal status, based on sharia, statutes from other Islamic countries, and legal precedents established in Iraqi courts; a brief amendment was enacted in 1963.As Iraqi society has become increasingly urbanized, however, the tendency toward nuclear family social organization, as opposed merely to residence, has become more prevalent.

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