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Family Structure


Family structure is primarily patriarchal and based on an extended family system spanning three or more generations.  This expanded structure provides stability, physical and psychological support, particularly in times of need. 


It is useful to understand the structure of these generations within a family: Grandparents, parents, children. All relatives (including in-laws) are called “Arham”.


In some Arab societies, it is permissible to have more than one wife. This may create complex family dynamics. In these societies, Islam sets out requirements to ensure equal treatment of each wife and support for children.

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