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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.
As they arrived to the airport in Alexandria, Beatrice encountered the flavors of Egypt for the first time.
“The hotel in Dumiyat, the fool and ta’meya place, going to the Mugama'a, it all sounds so strange now,” says Beatrice, now a widower and a grandmother of seven children, who works as a supervisor in a school in Nasr City.
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.
Both embarking into their second marriage, Sara and Ahmed faced family rejection, as his relatives feared she wouldn’t take care of the children he had conceived in his first marriage.“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.