Pleased to meet you PhillyGurl!
Re your question 2: the marriage contract is in certain countries we refer to as Nikah Al Kitab, which means the marriage of the book. This is where the details of the provisions (inc Mehr aka Dowry), the structure of the marriage and (yes you're right) the case of divorce is dealt with as amicably as possible.
Its essential for all Islamic Marriages because without this, the marriage isn't recognised by the state.
Hope this helps.
Originally Posted by PhillyGurl
1. Why didn't P. Ali and P. Haya attend the wedding?
2. Is a marriage contract like a prenuptial agreement...(ie: if the marriage ends in divorce you get...I get..)
Hi wingsofsky, pleased to meet you!
I agree that that would be a strange thing indeed, if Sara Al-Feisal hadn't been bequeethed the title of Princess. However in this case it is the tradition when announcing a marriage reports refer to the Lady in question by using her maiden name. So as to highlight the fact that she isn't of royal birth nor a member of the royal family. This is done for political correcness purposes.
Although thereafter she will be referred to as HRH Amira (Princess) Sara Al-Feisal.
Also if we referr to the Late King Hussein, with respect to his wives, no all had the same title:
Thereby the rules dictating how the titles should be bequeethed may still be subject to the ancient Hashimi tribal rules (ie family concensus etc).
As regards Morocco: The term given to a Lady of Royal birth is Princess Lalla. The term Lalla originates from the indigenous Amazighy (Saharan) Kingdom/Culture and its system of governenance.
Lalla generally means Noble Lady (she is Princess in her own right) and is the equivilant to Princesses of Kingdoms. The term is also taken from Morocco's indigenous (not national) language Tamazight of which there a three branches: Chelha, (Tachelhit) High Atlas, Rifi (Tarifit) Riff Mountains and Amazigh (Tamazight) Middle Atlas
The other term Shrifia when only used in the Amazighy context, refers to the most ancient of Moroccan Royal Amazighy Households from whom all including the Alaouites originated. When used in this context Shrifia is Higher than Lalla.
Moulay : Tamazight for Emperor, the Arab Equivelant is Sultan
Lalla : Tamazight for Lady and Princess, Arab equivilant is Amira
When Morocco proclaimed itself an Arab Country after orbtaining independance from the French in 1956, then they added the Arabic Terms in front of the Amazighy ones (so as to combine the two cultures).
Present Form: HRH Amira Lalla Salma.
Ancient Form: Shrifia Lalla Salma
Hope this helps,
Originally Posted by wingsofsky
The Prince's wife is not a princess.
It would be something very unusual for Hashemite Kingdom whereas it is quite common in Morocco.