Saturday, April 29, 2006

Mixed marriages

Mixed marriages

One of the beautiful experiences in Turkey for me personally is that people don’t condemn or judge you when you marry someone else with a different faith. A friend of mine, a Muslim, married a girl of the Jewish faith.
And earlier this year, another close friend of mine, married her sweetheart for years from Greece with the Greek Orthodox faith.
No one makes problems about this, although I got one time a Syrian on my neck telling me that ‘he was worried about the fact that Muslim women are so quick with marrying foreigners, in particular Christians. And he, himself had his wife from the USA converted to the Muslim faith. How nice.
My Turkish friend will marry her sweetheart in June in Greece, and today she is Baptized in Greece to the Greek Orthodox religion since it doesn’t allow marriages if both are not Greek Orthodox Christians.
Then, Turkey is different…


Imran Anwar said...

Greetings, Hans. I had stumbed upon your comment today, and it made me take action on something I had been meaning to do for some time. I had written something on this exactly THIRTEEN YEARS ago, which is so relevant to your posting, I am sure you will want to refer to this link in your article....

All the best to you and others like you.


Hans A.H.C. de Wit said...

Bibi said...

Zie 'Turkse Duiven' van Stine Jenssen.

Anonymous said...


I am from the United States. I am a Catholic amd I am married to a wunderful lady. Her religion is Muslim. I love her very much. We go to Turkey and visit her family every year. I also think her family is very nice. I am also not going to forget the Turkish people, which are very nice.

Cybermaus said...


I quite agree with you that international marriage is great.

My husband is American of Japanese decent, who grew up in Hawaii and around the world as a "military brat" - and has spent most of his 53 years of life in Germany with me (27 years married).