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In summary, marriage in contemporary Iran is looked upon as an important institution for the purposes of procreation, and it is undertaken as a permanent union. Marital relationships serve as resources to share happiness and enjoyment and as buffers to alleviate suffering and grief. Husband and wife, according a to a popular saying, are shareek-e shadi va gham (share their happy and sad moments).

The family is viewed as a secure haven, built upon marriage, and is valued as being a center for warmth and affection (kanoon-e garm-e khaanevadeh). Iranians believe that both marriage and the family have survival value for the society by satisfying biological, emotional, social, and financial needs.


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Marriage and Family EncyclopediaMarriage: Cultural AspectsIran - Marriage, Endogamy And Polygamy, Arranged Marriages, Temporary Marriage (sigheh), The Family, Premarital Sex And Extramarital Relationships