She is considered to be the man's 'jewel' or 'treasure' and he will be protective and loving but ultimately in charge of the woman.In Islamic countries 'disobedience' can sometimes result in death, while in the West it will more likely end in divorce.

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The only explanation I can provide is that the Quran specifies that the male can marry a Christian or Jewish woman.

Since he is the head of the household the expectation is that he will respect her rights and the children will take his religion.

They believe very strongly in the importance of family and lasting relationships and so that's what they will be looking for when they enter a relationship with you.

Thus you need to expect a serious and lasting relationship and in general to be ready to commit.

Another important point though is that while Muslims are allowed to date non-Muslims, they are told to date 'women of the book' meaning Christians or Jews.

It is expected for there to be a shared belief in a single God, though this will depend again on the personal discretion of the man.

Recognise that the views of Muslim extremists do not reflect the views of other Muslims, and most Muslims are extremely peace loving men.

Mohamed Ali for instance was Muslim, and this is why he opted to be a conscientious objector during the war (and subsequently was stripped of his title).

While many people are comfortable with their partner having different views, it can sometimes become an issue when it comes to choosing a religion for your children. Faithfulness Faithfulness is taken very seriously by Muslim men and they will be very strict on women who they perceive as having cheated on them.