The second-generation, Jewish-Iranian community of Los Angeles, concentrated heavily in the San Fernando Valley and the West Side, serves as the cross-sector of customary Persian tradition and Western influence.
The weight of future marriage eligibility, stringent and theological moral codes, as well as double-standards among sons and daughters, pushes deviant behavior into the shadows of secrecy, while simultaneously creating a contradictory modern sub-culture of dating rituals.
This analysis considers Jewish-Iranian culture, and therefore does not consider minority variation and individual agency, although both exist.
Influenced by the marital system of Iran, Iranian-Jewish family members seek out prospective suitors for sons and daughters.
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Writers wishing to anonymously post may use their first name only. All information outside of your submission will remain strictly confidential including your email and contact information. An anthology prepared by students in Professor Gissler's 2001 seminar Shandray Mehdian( 06/ 25/2007)It was not a typical teen-age fight over a girl.
The outraged student at Great Neck North High School in suburban Long Island was defending the honor of his Jewish-Iranian sister who had been smeared by what he deemed a vicious rumor. To the Jewish-Iranian community, the rumor was double trouble.
Now, perhaps if you were able to get statistics on the numbers of girls who were virgins in each culture, the numbers might be skewed in the direction of the more liberal culture.
However, I would also imagine that these statistics would be questionable unless obtained through physical exam since solely self-report would likely yield inaccurate data from the middle-eastern side.
In response to statements emanating from the Middle East regarding nuclear threat to both the Jewish and Persian peoples, we seek to project an alternative voice on Jewish- Persian relations that disseminates knowledge about the historical and cultural ties between these two peoples, fosters friendship and openings for creative exchange, and contributes to the identity of adults and children of mixed Jewish and Persian ancestry..