Family Practices in South Asian Muslim Families: Parenting by H. Becher

By H. Becher

Regardless of the turning out to be multi-faith and multi-ethnic nature of england, there's inadequate wisdom approximately range in relatives practices throughout ethno-religious teams. This e-book fills that gap, exploring relatives practices values, roles, relationships, help platforms and day-by-day workouts between South Asian Muslim households in Britain.

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An examination of the multiple perspectives within each family revealed that religion was sometimes more important to one parent than to the other. Hasan’s father, who was himself highly religious, said of his wife: She doesn’t tend to enforce it so much. (Hasan’s father) Along similar lines, Adam (whose family was one of the least religious overall), commented that ‘my mum takes it more seriously than my dad’. It was his mother who decided when her son and husband should be going to mosque. Indeed, in my interview with her, Adam’s mother told me that religion was important to them, although they were not very strict, and said that they followed religious practices such as sending their children to Islamic classes and eating halal food.

In Hasan’s family, it was the first-generation mother who wanted to listen to the radio and take the children to the cinema, while the second-generation father was opposed to such activities. In this case the situation was probably partly due to the father’s strong religious affiliation. The strategy for resolving this disagreement, according to Hasan’s mother, was one of compromise in terms of ‘give and take both the sides’. 2 Strategies for dealing with tradition and change These differing perspectives within families concerning the value of maintaining South Asian traditions, as against the perceived need to change and ‘fit in’ with modern British society, resulted in a variety of strategies that were worked out through relational practices.

Like they’re, in, like back home they’ll say that you know, women aren’t supposed to work, they’re supposed to be like housewives. My husband’s got that type of thing as well ‘cos he’s from there. So, but I explained it to him, I go to him, “If you’re living here, you have to change. You can’t fit in to not 40 Family Practices in South Asian Muslim Families changing. So you have to change to fit in with everyone else”. (Rubina’s elder sister) He had subsequently agreed that she should go out to work in order for them to afford to buy a house.

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