Arranged marriage within British Pakistani and Bangladeshi communi-ties. Cultural tradition and socio-religious dimension - The issue of ar-ranged marriage, within South-Asian communities in Britain, has been studied considering the different transformations that during the years have happened from one generation to another. This issue has been very debated, in English language many research and studies exist, which analyze it from different perspectives: so-cial, cultural, economic and religious. In fact, the arranged marriage is the ground on which the third generation of Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, brought up in Brit-ain, values its independence and emancipation from the traditional socio-cultural norms of the old generation. From a religious perspective, the consanguineous ar-ranged marriage has no one proof into the Quran, which enumerates only the as-cendants and the offspring with whom consanguineous marriage is banned. Thus, who has used the Islamic religion to justify this kind of marriage has tried to im-pose a choice which found, into the religion, its legitimacy. At the present time, the young British Pakistani and Bangladeshi women try to make in move a process which begins from Islam (through a study and an individual interpretation of the Islamic sources) and which finds in Islam its legitimacy, to try to separate the tradi-tional socio-cultural dimension from the religious one.
Keywords: mi-gration, South Asia, arranged marriage, endogamy, tradition, islam.