Objectives & Themes

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Overall Conference Objectives

  • To focus on research, theory and practices to advance our knowledge of the Arab family.
  • To highlight the role of the family as a defining force in shaping society, focusing on regional trends, areas of strength and resilience and challenges affecting families in Arab countries.
  • To examine the role of policy in supporting the family and to consider global issues which impact the Arab family, either positively or negatively, from a multidisciplinary perspective.
  • To engage with scholars and practitioners on discussions that analyze mutually beneficial practices within the context of family policy.

Conference Themes:

  • Political, economic, and cultural challenges facing the Arab family in different regions of the Arab world.
  • Marriage and divorce in the Arab world; responses to challenges in terms of marriage practices (such as misyar, ‘urfi, mut’aa, mixed, marriage of minors, and living together-apart marriages); the causes and consequences of separation and divorce.
  • The role of state policies on family formation and stability, including the effect of the absence of such policies.

Conference Structure:

The conference will include panel sessions with invited senior researchers, renowned key note speakers, symposia where selected papers will be presented.