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Структура на семейството и неговите ценности при българите мохамедани
THE STRUCTURE OF THE BULGARIAN MUSLIM FAMILY AND ITS VALUE SYSTEM

Author(s): Nadezhda IlIeva
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Институт за изследване на населението и човека - Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: Family studies are of utmost significance as it represents established ethnic norms and values. The current article presents some of the results from the completed social study which is part of “The Synchronization of the Bulgarian National Values with Those of the European Union: Accomplishments and Setbacks“ project. The project deals with research of Bulgarian Muslims in the country. The economic and ethno-cultural factors contribute the most to the formation and evolution of the set of values of each individual while the influence of the environmental ones cannot be ignored either. The analysis allows us to conclude that Bulgarian Muslims, when compared to the rest of the ethnic and religious communities, seem to retain their traditional patriarchal values the most which is evident in both pre-marital and marital relations. Proof of this is the high esteem of marriage which manifests itself in the Islamic religion beliefs, the well maintained traditional legal environment, the social and economic status of both men and women as family units which preserves their traditional roles and upholds their high degree of traditionalism and conservatism. Territorial delimitation, the specific characteristics of their employment, and the strong influence of the Muslim religion and ethno-cultural traditions support these processes. All these processes contribute to the high appreciation of reproductive values and norms as evidenced by the favorable values of key indicators for natural reproduction. The modernization process is relatively slow due to the differences in demographic trends among different ethnic and religious communities in which higher birth rate remains. The analysis leads us to conclude that Bulgarian Muslims are emerging as the most conservative group in the country.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 135-150
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Bulgarian