In her opinion, family was vital to her successful marriage.
“His family was really nice to me, his father used to celebrate Christmas for me and prepare special cakes for the occasion,” says the 70-year-old woman, who converted to Islam four years after her arrival.
“It took a while for him to realise he needed to share decisions, something which is very common in the Australian culture.
But we have a lot of understanding about the cultural difference, and this helps us handle things in a better way.” For Alexis, an American non-profit worker married for two years, talking and setting up common rules was essential to overcoming cultural differences.
“I had never left England, so it was very strange for me to move,” she recalls.Valentina Primo delves into the intricacies and intimacies of intercultural marriages as she speaks to six very different women from all over the world, with one common attribute: their Egyptian husbands.There is a massive cyber-library of gruesome books and articles revolving around the dangers of intercultural marriage, especially when it involves an Arab man, resulting in a global stereotype that configures nothing but prejudice.“When I was in the USA and he told them he was going to marry me, there was a lot of drama, but he insisted and I didn't seek their approval; I respected him more because he wasn't swayed by his family,” she says.“Five years later, his mother explained everything to me and everything changed.” A Global Negative Discourse “I am always annoyed with the negative publicity that comes with this topic, as I have been married to my half-Turkish half-Egyptian husband for over eight years and we have a wonderful marriage with two kids,” observes Sina, a globetrotter and interior designer based in Alexandria, where she runs a small boutique studio.“I had packed my suitcases with my Prada handbags and found myself choosing between buying yoghurt for my daughter or milk for me, as we couldn´t afford both,” she laughs with irony.