• Abe W. Ata Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia


The increasing occurrence of intermarriages across international boundaries is an impact of globalisation frequently overlooked. Intermarriage is arguably the best indicator as to whether a particular group is fully integrated into and accepted by the mainstream community. The article looks at the problems and challenges associated with religious intermixing with a particular emphasis on Catholic and other Christian marriages. How the “religious” communities deal with these marriages over the next few generations will be of importance, not only for the community in focus, but also more broadly for interfaith and intercultural affairs.

Author Biography

Abe W. Ata, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia

Dr Abe W. Ata was born in Bethlehem. In 1970 he was nominated as a delegate to the United Nations’ World Youth Assembly in New York. He graduated in psychology at the American University of Beirut and in 1980 he completed hisPhD at the University of Melbourne. He has taught in Australian, American, Jordanian, West Bank and Danish universities. Dr Ata is a 9th generation Christian Palestinian academic born in Bethlehem. There are 82 articles and 12 books to his credit. Dr Ata is a Senior Fellow Institute for the Advancement of Research, and lectures in Psychology at the Australian Catholic University (Melbourne).

Keywords: Australia, intermarriages, integration of particular group into mainstream community, Catholic and other Christian marriages, Muslim–Christian marriages


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