Arabic dating customs

In Arab culture, these situations are very controlled. When the women, especially, interact too personally with men in public, it hurts and damages family honor, which is highly favored and carefully maintained in Arab countries. Women and men are viewed with much respect, and when that respect is broken, it hurts not only the person but the whole family is looked down upon.

In Western Society, single men and women, whether attracted to each other or not, will interact pretty freely, of course with a personal bubble and a good amount of respect. It is similar in the Western culture, that when women do something that is considered or viewed as inappropriate or wrong, they lose honor and respect, more than if men did the same thing. But, in either case, it is more dishonoring to that single person, and not so much to the family.

Singles are more personally responsible for their actions, and not wholly for their entire immediate and extended family. But here, it shows the feelings of an honest Muslim and his personal feelings. Arab men and women avoid situations where they would or could be alone. Even in Saudi Arabia, when a man and women are in a car alone together, they are pulled over and checked to see if they are married—or else they would be arrested.

Arabs gain a negative impression of you if you display too much affection towards the opposite sex. It is actually forbidden, by the Arab social code, to publicly display intimacy, even when married. Yet, some singles in the Middle East disagree with the harsh rules and restrictions. Like any other religion or rule in a society, rebellion will follow in some cases. There are perceptions that in general, at least in Cairo, sex before marriage is widespread and increasing as spiraling costs and high unemployment push marriage ages up.

Arabs believe that the future couple should be financially stable before getting married. In an article written August , BBC News, there are many cases of rebellion and a wish for a change in the strictness of the Islamic way. The culture protects women with a high standard for modesty, as explained in the book Understanding Arabs. Most women feel protected, secure and respected more because of this. These people simply believe it is wrong, like Cairo University student Mohammed Esmat, It is true there exists premarital se x in almost all societies, including here in Egypt.

But I think the issue here is exaggerated. I just graduated from university and from the people I know only five percent may have experienced premarital sex. A girl, Shaymaa, 20, is in love with Ashraf, her boyfriend of 18 months. But she refuses anything more intimate than holding hands. It is like any other religion or way of life: But there are always two sides to everything.

The Arabs who stay clean and close to their beliefs are highly respected and honored in the whole Middle East. That is the way it is supposed to be—everyone working towards honor and respect for themselves and their family. Those who do not follow the norm of how singles are supposed to act lose their status quickly, and they and their family are looked down upon. But all in all, God is the true judge at the last day.


Arabic culture is rich in customs and traditions that focus largely on the importance of religion and family. Arabic food and traditions are greatly influenced by the geographic areas that make up the Arab world. Muslim Rules on Dating By: Genevieve Van Wyden In traditional American dating, a man and woman meet each other, decide they want to get to know each other better and start dating.

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