The interests of the family are expected to supersede those of the individual, and loyalty (such as preferential treatment) is shown to fellow family members.
Wealthy individuals are expected to financially assist less fortunate family members by providing job opportunities or sharing assets.
It is a cultural custom in Iraq for the marriage contract to be under the man’s name.
Women traditionally move into the house of their husband at marriage and come under the control of their in-laws when they marry.
Nevertheless, across broad Iraqi culture, family is seen as the basic unit of society and a unified singularity.
This is because in collectivist cultures, such as Iraq, the family is the first group a person joins at birth.
The dynamic of parental discipline classically entails doting overprotection of children but strict and heavy reprimand when they misbehave.
Within the household hierarchy, elders are deeply respected and deferred to.
It is considered too personal and rude to ask directly about a person’s wife, sister or daughter.