Love Tales: Being Single and Getting Married in Jordan
Jepson Hall, 109
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology welcomes Dr. Fida Adely Associate Professor Anthropology and the holder of the Clovis and Hala Salaam Maksoud Chair in Arab Studies at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
The link between romantic love and marriage is a relatively new one in human history. In most societies, love, romance and passion were considered to be apart from the very practical endeavor of making marriages. In the Arab world, public debate and reflection on the proper basis for marriage emerged as early as the 19th century, with social reformers or “modernizers” arguing that companionship was the proper basis for marriage. In Dr. Adely’s discussions with single men and women in Jordan, the notion of compatibility or insijam, was regularly cited as a necessary basis for marriage; however, they were more ambivalent about love. Yet tales of “love marriage” abounded – everyone knew someone who had married for love and the images of romantic love as a basis for marriage are present in the plethora of media and popular culture available to these young people. At the same time, stories of failed love marriages were often referenced as instructive tales of the dangers of marrying for love. This talk considers the multiple ways in which people articulate what love is, and examines how this is shaped by gender segregation.
Dr. Adely is an anthropologist and her research interests include education, labor, development, and gender in the Arab world. Her primary research site has been Jordan and currently she is completing a book manuscript on the internal labor migration of Jordanian women. Since 2013, she has been an associate editor for Anthropology and Education Quarterly. Dr. Adely received her Ph.D. in 2007 at Teachers College (Columbia University) in Comparative Education and Anthropology.
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