Fathers and Sons in the Arab Middle East by D. Cohen-Mor

By D. Cohen-Mor

Drawing on insights from psychology, sociology, anthropology, faith, historical past, and literature, this ebook examines early and modern writings of male authors from around the Arab international to discover the normal and evolving nature of father-son relationships in Arab households.

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Given that Arabic poetry has traditionally been closely connected with public life, especially the political sphere, the final section of this chapter examines Arab politics. Drawing on recent events in the Middle East, as well as on the biographies of several Arab rulers, the section discusses the authoritarian nature of Arab regimes, the image of the ruler as father, the phenomenon of “hereditary presidency” where leadership of an Arab republic is passed from father to son, and the popular uprisings by young men and women that spread throughout the Arab region in 2011 and came to be known as the Arab Revolutions or Arab Spring.

30 The foregoing discussion dealt with prevailing theories of male development in Western and Arab societies, focusing on the work of leading scholars who have attempted to place masculinity in relation to psychological processes, social contexts, and historical perspectives. The following section looks at Arab family life and patterns of child socialization in order to find out how these factors influence the construction of masculine identity and gender roles. Growing Up Male in Arab Families In his account of the Middle East’s cultural psychology, Gary S.

61 Abdelwahab Bouhdiba is highly critical of this attitude: “Precisely because of its excessive masculinity the social world is inevitably perceived by the child as castrating. 63 The heavy emphasis on family loyalty is another culture-specific feature of socialization in Arab families. The growing child has to learn that the interests of the family come first and to govern every action with the family viewpoint in mind. ”65 The frustrations of young men and women who must give up their personal desires regarding education, employment, career, or marriage because of family needs can run very high.

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