Marriage as appropriation: evidence from the Hungarian Muslim Community

Belhaj Abdessamad and Speidl Bianka: Marriage as appropriation: evidence from the Hungarian Muslim Community. In: Religion, culture, society, (1). pp. 129-154. (2014)

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In the Hungarian Muslim community, marriage displays a complex web of relations, meanings and variables. Here, it is argued that marriage can be best interpreted as a process of appropriation. We distinguish between active appropriation, passive appropriation and disruptive appropriation. Hungarian Muslim couples tend to actively appropriate a new identity, faith and cultural models. They benefit from individualisation and localisation to take advantage of social and religious resources they dispose of. In this process, the individual comes into the foreground, using a multiplicity of symbolic resources to reduce the impact of the community on its life. Mostly, Hungarian Muslim couples suc-ceed in their plans of happiness. Although stable, Arab Muslim couples in Hun-gary fall short of felicity. The pitfalls of immigration, delocalisation and traditional ethics of marriage trap them in passive appropriation. More serious is the case of Hungarian Arab couples. Here, both spouses fail to meet the needs of the other. As postmodern agents, Hungarian wives assume active roles, but with little local resources, and amid a soliloquy, they soon exhaust themselves. As for their Arab husbands, de-localised and cut off from their traditional resources, their fallacious hopes of a better life turn to desolation. Data for this study is mainly collected from the three major mosques of Budapest.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Religion, culture, society
Date: 2014
Volume: 1
ISSN: 1416-7972
Page Range: pp. 129-154
Language: English
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Házasság, Iszlám
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: p. 150-154.
Subjects: 06. Humanities
06. Humanities > 06.03. Philosophy, ethics and religion
Date Deposited: 2020. May. 11. 10:51
Last Modified: 2023. May. 09. 13:43

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