“If u discuss this with an Egyptian man, he probably won’t disagree, but he will make fun of you,” she says.
“They say they do not accept it because the children follow the dad’s religion,” she explains.
Intercultural marriage is a welcome venture in Egypt, as long as it involves an Egyptian man.
But what happens when it’s the woman who wants to marry a foreigner?
They are worried that I will not be able to continue practices such as fasting in Ramadan, and that being exposed to two different cultures might create confusion in my children's mentality and personality.
Plus, they say they will be always worried of me living in a different continent with someone they don't know well,” says the 25-year-old woman, who works as an interior decorator.
Although Islamic traditions often allow for the marriage to take place provided the man converts to Islam, Nouran says her family would not give her consent.