Before any marriage at all can take place in an Arab society a marriage contract must be signed.
This can be a virtual formality, or it can be the subject of fierce negotiations, often spread out over months.
A rich family will start at ten thousand dinars or so.
Do not be surprised at all the gold displayed in jewellers' shops!
You can read about an actual marriage in "Come to the Wedding", but what is behind all the singing, dancing and flower throwing?