Phenomenology of Family Religious Rituals and its Impact on Social Relationships of Couples and Families in Three Types of Mate Selection

Document Type : Original Article


1 Ph.D. candidate of Sociology, Research and Science Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

2 Corresponding Author: Full Professor of Sociology, Research and Science Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

3 Assistant Professor of Sociology, Central Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran


Religious rituals have always been practiced in all societies with specific beliefs and have had positive effects. This article aims to explore women's lived experience of the role of religious rituals Social Relationships of Couples and Families in three types of Mate selection. The method of study is qualitative with phenomenological approach. The statistical sample included the women residing in Kermanshah, Iran between 17-40 years old. The subjects were selected using the judgmental purposive sampling method. A semi-structured in-depth interview was used to collect the required data. The results of the interviews with 50 participants (excitement - marriage: 13, satisfactory arranged marriage: 18, and force arranged marriage: 19) were categorized. Five main themes were extracted from the data of this study: 1) women's experience of family violence against them, 2) women's response to violence against them, 3) women's feelings during religious rituals, 4) husbands’ reaction after religious rituals and 5) the effects of the ritual aspect of religion.


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Volume 14, Issue 48
Fall Quarterly 1398
November 2019
Pages 71-96
  • Receive Date: 18 December 2018
  • Revise Date: 16 June 2019
  • Accept Date: 14 July 2019