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I experience things in Kuwait I doubt many other Americans do… I wish I could say my life resembles every Westerner married to an Arab but I know that’s not the case.

Every situation is unique and some are better than others.

Every two weeks on a Sunday afternoon, folks arrive at Hana Assafiri’s Melbourne cafe to play a little “Ask a Muslim anything.” Many of the participants are Muslim women, and the idea is to get some real candid conversations going between people of differing backgrounds by letting those who are curious about Islam ask questions.

“Nothing is off the table, and your questions can absolutely be frank and candid,” Assafiri told The Guardian in an interview.

I was spoiled, wanted for nothing, and had everything. Then I married a man whose immediate family consists of 24 people. Family gatherings take place as often as daily since the entire family lives in very close proximity to one another.

Before meeting my husband he was feeling the Arabian pressure of ‘marriage’.

The point of this exercise is to break down the divisions that exist in this simplistic environment that only seeks to demonize and further marginalize Muslim women.” Hanifa Deen, who happened to be on-hand while a Guardian reporter observed one recent question-and-answer session, said that the exercise fills a void often left by the news media and gives women a voice to speak about faith and culture.

Not only are they responsible for us financially, but also our emotional well-being.

What’s the best way to bring greater cultural understanding among a diversity of people?

One woman in Australia has a novel answer to that question, which she’s based on the old speed-dating concept.

They accept I need a fork to eat my meals and they’ve always accommodated me without making me feel awkward.

I’m never left out of family events and they even go out of their way to embrace things from my culture.