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The Arab Family in an Age of Transition: Challenges and Resilience

The Arab Family in an Age of Transition: Challenges and Resilience

Start Date/Time:
03/05/2015 09:45 Download ICS File
End Date/Time:
04/05/2015 09:45
Doha, Qatar
Conference / Colloquium

The DIFI Annual Conference on Family Research and Policy seeks to promote research on the family in the Arab world. It also seeks to generate evidence to inform family policies that promote the wellbeing of families. The conference was organized by The Doha International Family Institute in collaboration with the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) at Qatar University.

About this Year’s Conference

The political turmoil and economic challenges that are played out on the national stage in the Arab world are also lived and experienced at the level of the family; the fundamental unit of social organization in Arab societies. The challenges facing the Arab family today are as diverse as the region itself, ranging from economic pressures and cultural threats to political turbulence and violent conflict. The coping strategies and long-term implications of these challenges on the formation, stability, and wellbeing of the Arab family are the focus of this conference. Scholars from inside and outside the region are invited to discuss and exchange ideas and opinions on the spectrum of challenges that threaten not only the stability and welfare of the Arab family, but in some cases its very survival, as well as to give their research insights into the range of coping mechanisms and their short and long-term implications.

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 Structure:

The conference included panel sessions with invited senior researchers, renowned key note speakers, symposia where selected papers were presented as well as a poster session.

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.

To learn more about the event please click here, and visit the conference website.

Background Material

Welcome Speech
by Miss Noor Al Malki Jehani



Impacts of Smart Devices on the Value System of Arab Families(Arabic)
by Dr. Muhanned AlFarras

Family and Cultural Globalization: What are the Best methods of Socialization? (Arabic)
by Dr. Amina Yassen

Social Networks and the Problem of Family Estrangement: A Case Study on Algerian Families(Arabic)
by Dr. Mohamed Elker

Social and Psychological Impacts on Displaced Families: A Field Study in Tripoli(Arabic)
by Mr. Hassan Shamran Alsa’ady

Children of Iraq’s Wars: Future Warlords(Arabic)
by Dr Ahmed Ali

Attitudes towards marriage among married and never married Qatari women
by Dr. Abdallah Badahdah

Why are so many Qatari women marrying late or not marrying at all?
by Dr. Mohammad Khan

Algerian Single Women’ Trends in Misyar Marriage in the State of Jijel(Arabic)
by Dr. Kaouache Raouf

Marriage Requirements in Arab Gulf States: A Comparative Field Study Applied to Would-be Young Couples(Arabic)
by Dr. Hamood Al Nofali

Impacts of Societal Changes on Marriage Trends in Arab Countries(Arabic)
by Dr. Ahmed Abdel Monem

Does Parental Divorce Affect the Attitudes Towards Marriageand Divorce: A Comparative Study of intact and Divorced Families
by Prof. Humoud Alqashan

Psychological Impact of Emotional Divorce on Arab Families: A Comparison between Egypt and Saudi Arabia(Arabic)
by Dr. Walaa Rabei Mostafa Ali

Divorce and its implications on the Qatari family(Arabic)
by Dr Shehata.M. Taha

Divorce in Omani Society: Causes and Effects(Arabic)
by Dr. Wafaa Al-Mamari

Divorce in the Arab World: Causes and Solutions –Jordan as an Example
by Dr Omar A. Rahim Rababah

Family Factors in Preventing Childhood Exposure to Family, Peer and Community Violence
by Dr. David Finkelhor

The family strategy in Qatar: The Vision and Challenges of implementation(Arabic)
by Dr. Jamal Alyafei

Challenges facing the implementation of the Family Strategy in Qatar(Arabic)
by Ms. Amal Bint Abdul-Latif Al-Mannai

Family Policies in Qatar: Between the Comprehensive Initiative and the Partial Adaptation(Arabic)
by Ms. Lolwah Al-Khater

Changing family structure, living arrangements and care support to elderly in GCC Countries: Some policy implications
by Dr. Hafiz Khan

Reducing Childbearing: Problems and Risks – Tunisia as an Example(Arabic)
by Prof. Salehddine Ben Faraj

Policies Affecting Arab Family Formation
by Mrs. Susan Roylance

“Marriage with the absent” in time of Migration
by Dr. Laura Ferraro

Returning Expatriate Families: Problematic Reality and Integration Policy
by Dr. Assia Chekireb

Multiple Families in Changing Societies in Maghreb: The case of Morocco
by Dr. Paola Gandolfi

In Majaalis Al-Hareem: The Complex Professional and Personal Choices of Qatari Women
by Dr. Jocelyn Mitchell

Socio-economic, Demographic, Housing and Health Conditions of Qatari Women By their status of Marriage and Implications for Family Policies
by Dr. Shefaqat Shehzad

Egypt- Families Formed through Cyberspace: A Case Study of Some Online Married Couples(Arabic)
by Dr. Walid Rashad Zaky

Situating the Best Interests of the Child in Community-Based Arbitration of Marriage Dispute: Reflections from a pilot intervention of Terre des hommes Foundation in Assuit, Egypt.
by Ms. Kristen Hope

Best Interests of the Child and Assigning Guardianship in Mixed Marriages(Arabic)
by Dr. Jamel Mezni

The views expressed in these papers or presentations are the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the Doha International Family Institute إن الآراء الواردة في هذه الأوراق البحثية أو العروض التقديمية تمثل وجهات نظر المؤلفين و لا تمثل بالضرورة وجهات نظر معهد الدوحة الدولي للأسرة ، ولا ينبغي أن تنسب إليه .

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About DIFI

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), formerly known as Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development (DIIFSD), was established by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in 2006. The Institute has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC).

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