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Researching Moslem-Christian marriages : extrapolating from mixed-faith couples towards the practices of Convivencia

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posted on 2005-12-01, 00:00 authored by Abe Ata, Mark Furlong
Moslem–Christian marriage can be seen as a kind of ‘testing place’ for examining and appreciating the practices of difference. This article offers a summary from a recent local research project which investigated these relationships (Ata, 2003). The empirical data from the study was ‘milled’ for its potential to inform practice, a process that generated four themes that practitioners may find useful in their attempts to design practice approaches that are sensitive to alternative anthropologies. Beginning from the contention that the otherness of those for whom we work can be a mirror for our own cultural and practice assumptions, we extrapolate from these themes to practise with other examples of diversity. It is argued that our efforts to practise with diverse populations will be unengaging, even colonising, unless we are able to denaturalise our own positions.

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Journal

Australian and New Zealand journal of family therapy

Volume

26

Issue

4

Pagination

200 - 209

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Location

Cambridge, U. K.

ISSN

0814-723X

eISSN

1467-8438

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2005, Cambridge University Press

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