First published in 1914, this title was the first comparative study of the marriage ceremonies in different parts of Morocco. Westermarck considers how ceremonial customs and rituals differ across social and cultural groups throughout the country and discusses their possible roots. Based on extensive primary research, visiting many of the tribes and places mentioned in the book, this is a really fascinating title of great value to students of sociology and cultural anthropology with an interest in the foundations of the marriage ceremony.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. The Betrothal and Marriage Contract 2. The Sdāq and Other Payments – The Trousseau 3. Ceremonies in the Bridegroom’s Home Previous to the Fetching of the Bride 4. Ceremonies in the Bride’s Home 5. The Fetching of the Bride 6. The Arrival and Reception of the Bride 7. The Meeting of the Bride and Bridegroom and the Morning After 8. The Continuation and End of the Wedding 9. Later Ceremonies and Taboos 10. Summary and Explanations; Addenda; Index of Arabic Words; Index of Berber Words; General Index