Jordan is a kingdom that is located in the Middle East, bordering Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Israel. Almost all Jordanians are ethnic Arabs, and the main religion, of course, is Islam, although Christians are occasionally found. Jordan is a typical Arab country, but the people here are distinguished by a special warmth, hospitality and sincere friendliness.
Foreigners easily forgive violations of traditions committed through ignorance, and if they see that a representative of another country is trying to follow local customs, then respect for him from the local people will be immensely large.
Many families in Jordan, especially those who do not live in cities, are traditionally Islamic, living quarters are usually divided into two halves, male and female. At the same time, women who come from other countries are treated in the same way as for foreign men, that is, as respected guests, without trying to apply religious principles.
The female population in Jordan, however, has much more freedom than women in neighboring Arab countries, they can vote, drive a car, have the opportunity to get a good education. At the same time, Jordanian women take part in business, in politics.
Today in Jordan, contractual marriages are still common, that is, parents take full responsibility for the creation of a family of children, and disobedience to elders is unacceptable. A typical family is built on the basis of a large community, which has its own traditions and customs, but the following religious Islamic dogma. Dogmas dictate every possible help to each other, which is very good, but only if all families in such a community have roughly the same wealth.
If someone has higher incomes than others, endless family quarrels and discontent among relatives, because Islam dictates the impossibility of refusing a request for help from relatives, only elders whose dominant position in the family community have the right to refuse no one even thinks to challenge.
A man in Jordanian families is a full head. He may have a harem, but no more than four wives at a time, all living together under the same roof are subject to the rules established in the house by the male head, any disobedience to these orders threatens to be expelled from the family.
The expulsion puts on the disobeyed person the stigma of public opinion, which means accusation of contempt for the older generation and the laws of the community, that the society of Jordan is strongly censuring. And sometimes the community builds its laws in contradiction with civil norms and even religious dogmas.
Governmental structures in every possible way try to get rid of these remnants of the past, but so far not very successful, the laws of the community, formed over the centuries, are very persistent and poorly eradicated.
In Jordan, there are several types of family relationships in which the position of women can be dramatically different. If the family is wealthy and not religious before fanaticism, then the woman enjoys all the freedoms available to Europeans, the only thing that treason in Jordan is practically impossible because of religious and social beliefs. This is more a plus than a minus in terms of preserving the integrity of the family and the inviolability of the institution of marriage.
If the family is wealthy, but at the same time it is very religious, the female share depends on the level of education and civilization of the head of such a family, the relative freedom sometimes turns into a complete cull and subordination of the fair half of humanity to a tyrant husband.
Men from this type of family never take a foreign wife into their wives, choosing the mother of their future children from the circle of their own kind. The average and low income of a family generates a consumer attitude towards a woman, perhaps because of the fact that women in Jordan are almost two times less than men.
This leads to the fact that if a poor family gets a woman, then she will do her best to keep it and protect it from outside influence. In such families, women are forbidden to work, go out without a burqa, that is, the desire to retain this property, sometimes acquires unpleasant forms.
Since religious beliefs require that women be separated from men, in the house, as already mentioned, two halves of the male are forbidden to enter the women’s territory, and women do not appear in the male part if there is an outsider.
The host himself treats and accepts the guest, but women, of course, are engaged in cooking. Paranja, by the way, is not required by law in Jordan, but on the streets one can often find women dressed from head to toe.
However, mostly Jordanians like to dress beautifully and brightly, most of them prefer a scarf and a long dress or even trousers with a long blouse. The sleeves of their clothes, of course, close 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 the Jordanians, as if descended from the pages of fashion magazines of the Western world. Nevertheless, in the price of the eastern families the submission of the woman, in Jordan, she also traditionally must obey the husband in all, as well as the older women, as dictated by the above-described community laws.
As for the upbringing of children, of course, everything is entrusted to the woman, the Jordanian children are not spoiled by attention, but care is not deprived. Usually children play away from moms, but from time to time they run up and cuddle up to them, receiving a charge of love and a helping of caress.
Feeded in this way by positive emotions, they run to play further. This kind of simple but effective upbringing is present in Jordan.
Children themselves are valued in the same way as family in Jordanian society. Especially, of course, boys, as continuers of the genus, but the parental love of gender differences does not know. Divorce in Jordan is not welcome, the husband can sometimes just kick his wife out without the right to see the children.