MIXED MARRIAGES BETWEEN SLOVAKS AND MUSLIMS AS AN EXAMPLE OF ETHNO-CULTURAL ASPECTS OF FOREIGNERS' MIGRATIONS TO SLOVAKIA
The paper aims to analyze the origins of mixed marriages between Slovaks and Muslims as well as their forms and functioning. The authoress pays attention to the influence of the official conditions in Slovakia, such as status of Islam, activities of the Muslim religious community, its registration, its relationships with the state institutions, its perception by the majority of population, as well as formation of the stereotypes and prejudices. The paper also explores the individual dispositions and attitudes of the partners as well as their own perception of the mixed marriages. It concentrates on the analysis of the interviews with them. The authoress further presents the results of her participant observation in Islamic community and the interviews with the representatives of the Islamic organisations. She also pays attention to the presentation of Islamic culture in mass media. The paper focuses in particular on the origins of partners' relationships, the religious as well as the civic wedding rituals, the attitudes of the family members, and the influence of Islam on the family life and education of the children. The authoress examines how the wives reflect stereotypes concerning marriage and status of a woman in Muslim family. According to the authoress, the number of such mixed marriages will increase in future as a consequence of the broadening cultural contacts and rising mobility.
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