Don’t count Baria Alamuddin, Amal’s mother, as a starstruck fan of George Clooney’s. According to a source, she remains unimpressed with the handsome Gravity star, and would prefer for Amal to marry someone within the Druze sect of Islam.
High-profile human-rights lawyer Amal, 37, was born in Beirut to a prominent and highly respected family within the Druze sect, a medieval offshoot of Islam, who are forbidden to marry outsiders. For traditional Druze families intermarriage results in excommunication and social boycott.
However, as pictures of Baria appeared today with her arms around the Oscar winner’s mom, Nina Clooney, as they strolled in the Italian sunshine – it would appear that she has been won over.
So perhaps the Clooney charm has overcome this obstacle after all… Hopefully- since it seems Baria was very happy to voice her reservations:
And a Lebanese friend of the family in London, where Amal was raised and Baria still lives, told MailOnline: ‘You would think Amal has hit the jackpot with George Clooney, but Baria is not happy.
‘She thinks Amal can do better. She has been telling half of Beirut, in fact anyone that will listen, there are five hundred thousand Druze. Are none of them good enough for her?’.
There can be harsh penalties for those Druze who marry outsiders. Several women have been murdered for disobeying the rules. Last year a Sunni Muslim man had his penis severed by the male relatives of a Druze woman who defied her family by marrying him.
The friend added: ‘There have a been a few jokes in the family about the same thing happening to George!’
Um. I don’t find this joke that funny… He’s sort of one of the United States’ national treasures. We’d like those bits intact on the rare chance he decides to procreate and keep those fabulous genes in the pool.
Marriage and mixed religions can be a tricky issue for couples. Hopefully George and Amal have thought everything through and are at peace with whatever, they as a couple, have decided on.
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