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Interfaith marriage resources:

Part 2: Books about interfaith marriages
involving a spouse of Muslim or other faith.
Raising secular children.
Interfaith marriage ceremonies.

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Muslim interfaith marriages:

In much of the world, a Muslim man is allowed to marry a woman of the Jewish, Christian or Muslim faith. However a Muslim woman is restricted to marrying another Muslim. For a same-sex couple in some predominately Muslim countries, a same-sex marriage risks arrest, a criminal charge, trial and execution.

bullet no image A.W. Ata, "Intermarriage between Christians and Muslims: A West Bank study," article from: Journal of Ecumenical Studies , (2000). Obtain a digitial copy

bullet book cover A.W. Ata, "Muslim-Non-Muslim Marriage: Political and Cultural Contestations in Southeast Asia," Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (2009) Review/order this book

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Books of general interest to all interfaith married couples no matter what their faith is:


book cover imageSusan Katz Miller, "Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family" Beacon Press, (2003). Read reviews or order this book safely

bullet book cover Naomi Schaefer Riley, "'Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America," Oxford University Press, (2013). Read reviews or order this book


book cover Nancy OMeara, "Tolerance 101: Practical solutions for interfaith family problems." Foundation for Religious Freedom, (1999). An reviewer writes:

"A clear, concise, persuasive case for religious tolerance. I love this book! It's great! The book is very clear, interesting and persuasive. The examples are fascinating. 'Tolerance 101' should be prominently displayed in every library, church, temple, mosque etc. in the country. This book provides a valuable service to people of all religious persuasions. Read reviews or order this inexpensive book

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Marriages in which parents want to raise secular children:

Some parents want their children to not receiving religious instruction. This book was written primarily to help Agnostic, Atheist, Humanist and other non-theistic parents raise children without formal religious indoctrination. It is also an option for an interfaith couple who want to allow their children to investigate religions later in life and to make personal decisions about religion as they mature.

book cover imageDale McGowan, Ed., "Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion," American Management Association (2007). Read reviews or order this book

As Terrence Walsh, an reviewer states:

"... it encourages you to raise kids who ask questions, consider evidence, and look for their own answers regarding the meaning of life and the existence of God. That way you can help ensure that they arrive at their personal conclusions about religion and spirituality honestly when they reach adulthood."

Another Amazon reviewer, Eliza from Maine, comments:

"This book fills a definite void in parenting literature. It contains a collection of perspectives from people who are dealing with raising children in mixed or nonreligious households. It covers topics like dealing with mixed beliefs, death and consolation, values, holidays, community, and critical thinking. It is not prescriptive in that you won't find a set answer for any topic but rather a variety of viewpoints and shared experiences from those who are dealing with them now or have dealt with them as they were raising their own children. It provides the background and resources to adopt those strategies that you feel are right for you or adapt your own. It has been great for me in thinking about issues and developing ideas with my husband as we are planning to start our family."

Seventeen out of 19 reviewers gave this book a 5 star rating out of a maximum of 5! There was one 4 star rating. One reviewer, "Mr. Pineapples" states that "Moral and intellectual relativism is useless" and gives the book 1 star out of 5 -- the lowest rating.

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Inter-faith marriage ceremonies:

bullet book cover Laurie Sue Brockway, "A guide to blending faiths, cultures, and personal values into one beautiful wedding ceremony, Praeger, (2010) Review/order this book

bullet book cover Susanna Seefanachi Macomb, "Joining Hands and Hearts: Interfaith, Intercultural Wedding Celebrations--A Practical Guide for Couples," Atria (2002). This book was reviewed by 25 visitors all of whom gave it the maximum rating of 5 stars! Review/order this book

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Copyright 1999 to 2014 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.
Originally published: 1999-MAR-16
Updated: 2014-DEC-08

Author: B.A. Robinson
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