The institution of marriage: a case study on social pressures surrounding marriage in Muslim Indian communities in Johannesburg

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dc.contributor.author Mukaddam, Fatima
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-13T11:33:32Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-13T11:33:32Z
dc.date.issued 2017-11-20
dc.identifier.citation DHET en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1023-1757
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10539/27889
dc.description.abstract There is an undoubted societal focus on marriage in many, if not all, communities. This is manifested in social media, television, almost every movie, novels, children’s storybooks, conversations and the internet in forms of online articles and blogs, which emphasize a pressure on women to get married or have a companion. This paper discusses the institution of marriage and the societal pressures surrounding matrimony amongst members of the Muslim Indian community in Johannesburg. In this paper,I illustrate that marriage is a necessary condition, especially for a Muslim Indian woman’s constructive and participatory role/identity in society. The significance of marriage can be seen to be embedded within Islamic practices. However, this dogmatic view of marriage does notexplain the pressures placed on individuals to get married. Islam advocates for fate and trust in God, therefore it can be argued these pressures are socially constructed as opposed to religiously inflicted. This article uses feminist methodological toolsand theories in an attempt to debunk the role of patriarchy in modern society. The paper is set as a case study that conducted semi-structured interviews. It concludes that unmarried women feel ‘judged’and ‘scrutinized’because of their marital status. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Centre for the Study of Southern African Literature and Languages en_ZA
dc.subject Marriage - South Africa - Religious aspects - Islam en_ZA
dc.subject Muslims - South Africa - Social life and customs en_ZA
dc.title The institution of marriage: a case study on social pressures surrounding marriage in Muslim Indian communities in Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.volume 24 en_ZA
dc.journal.title Alternation : interdisciplinary journal for the study of the Arts and Humanities in Southern Africa en_ZA
dc.description.librarian CW2019 en_ZA
dc.citation.doi 10.29086/2519-5476/2017/V24N1A6 en_ZA
dc.citation.epage 126 en_ZA
dc.citation.issue 1 en_ZA
dc.citation.spage 107 en_ZA
dc.journal.link https://journals.co.za/content/centre-for-the-study-of-southern-african-literature-and-languages en_ZA


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