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Jordan is a kingdom located in the Middle East, bordered by Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Israel. Almost all Jordanians are ethnic Arabs, and the main religion is, of course, Islam, although Christians are occasionally found. Jordan is a typical Arab country, but the people here are distinguished by special warmth, hospitality and sincere friendliness.
Residents of the country easily forgive foreigners for violations of traditions committed out of ignorance, and if they see that a representative of another country is trying to follow local customs, then local people will respect him immensely.
Many families in Jordan, especially those living outside the cities, lead a traditionally Islamic way of life; residential buildings are usually divided into two halves, male and female. At the same time, women who arrived from other countries are treated in the same way as foreign men, that is, as respected guests, without trying to apply religious principles.
The female population in Jordan, for all that, has much more freedom than women in neighboring Arab countries, they can vote, drive a car, and have the opportunity to receive a good education. At the same time, Jordanian women take part in business and politics.
Today, arranged marriages are still common in Jordan, that is, parents completely take care of creating a family of children, and it is unacceptable to disobey their elders. A typical family is built on the basis of a large community, which has its own traditions and customs, but follows the religious Islamic dogmas. Dogmas dictate to provide each other with all possible help, which is very good, but only if all families in such a community have approximately the same income.
If someone's income turns out to be higher than the rest, endless family strife and discontent among relatives begin, because Islam dictates the impossibility of refusing a request for help from relatives, only elders have the right to refuse, whose dominant position in the family community is not even does not think to dispute.
A man in Jordanian families is a full-fledged head. He can have a harem, but no more than four wives at the same time, everyone living together under one roof obeys the orders established in the house by the male head, any disobedience to these orders threatens with expulsion from the family.
Expulsion puts on the disobedient person the stigma of public opinion, meaning the accusation of disrespect for the older generation and the laws of the community, which Jordanian society severely condemns. Moreover, sometimes the community builds its laws in contradiction with civil norms and even religious dogmas.
Government structures are trying in every possible way to get rid of these vestiges of the past, but so far not very successfully, the laws of the community, which have been formed for centuries, are very persistent and poorly eradicated.
There are several types of family relationships in Jordan in which the situation of women can be strikingly different. If the family is wealthy and not religious to the point of fanaticism, then a woman enjoys all the freedoms available to Europeans, the only thing is that treason in Jordan is practically impossible due to religious and social beliefs. This is rather a plus than a minus in terms of maintaining the integrity of the family and the inviolability of the institution of marriage.
If the family is wealthy, but at the same time is distinguished by great religiosity, then the female share depends on the level of education and civilization of the head of such a family, relative freedom sometimes turns into complete downturn and subordination of the beautiful half of humanity to a tyrant husband.
Men from this type of family never marry foreign women, choosing the mother of their future children from the circle of their own kind. The average and low income of the family generates a consumer attitude towards women, possibly due to the fact that women in Jordan are almost two times less than men.
This leads to the fact that if a poor family got a woman for themselves, then she will do her best to keep her and protect her from outside influence. In such families, women are forbidden to work, to go out without a veil, that is, the desire to keep this property sometimes takes on impartial forms.
Since religious views require women to be separated from men, in the house, as already mentioned, two halves of foreign men are strictly prohibited from entering women's territory, and women do not appear in the male half if a stranger is present there.
The host himself treats and receives the guest, but, of course, women are engaged in cooking. The veil, by the way, is not required by law in Jordan, but on the streets you can often find women dressed from head to toe.
However, mostly Jordanians like to dress beautifully and catchy, for the most part preferring a scarf and a long dress or even trousers with a long blouse. The sleeves of their clothes, of course, cover their hands completely, but there are some women of fashion who do not pay attention to the traditions and customs of their ancestors.
Sometimes you can see Jordanian women, as if descended from the pages of fashion magazines in the Western world. Nevertheless, in oriental families the value of a woman's submissiveness, in Jordan, she also traditionally has to obey her husband in everything, as well as older women, which is dictated by the above-described laws of the community.
As for the upbringing of children, here, of course, everything is entrusted to the woman, Jordanian children are not spoiled by attention, but they are not deprived of care either. Usually, children play away from their mothers, but from time to time they run up and snuggle up to them, receiving a charge of love and a portion of affection.
Fueled in this way by positive emotions, they run to play further. Here is such a simple, but effective education is present in Jordan.
The children themselves are as valued as the family in Jordanian society. Especially, of course, boys, as successors of the family, but parental love does not know sex differences. Divorce in Jordan is not welcome, the husband can sometimes just kick out his wife without the right to see the children.