Initial formation of Uzbek culture dates back to the 6th-7th centuries BC, by that time nomadic tribes shifted to a settled way of life in the valleys of Amu Darya, Syr Darya and Zarafshan and founded first states.
Former nomads founded settlements and cities, bringing with them customs and traditions based on ancient cults of their ancestors.
This article surveys the phenomenon by region, drawing on common cultural factors for patterns, but noting country-level distinctions.
In three African countries, bride kidnapping often takes the form of abduction followed by rape. or is forced to when the kidnapper impregnates her, as pregnant women are not seen as eligible for marriage.
In agricultural and patriarchal societies, where bride kidnapping is most common, children work for their family.
A woman leaves her birth family, geographically and economically, when she marries, becoming instead a member of the groom's family.
The marriage is confirmed with a ceremony that follows the abduction by several days.
Over centuries, traditions and customs of Uzbek people remained almost unchanged despite the desire of many invaders to impose alien culture on.
Bride-kidnap marriages in Rwanda often lead to poor outcomes.
Human rights workers report that one third of men who abduct their wives abandon them, leaving the wife without support and impaired in finding a future marriage.
(See patrilocality for an anthropological explanation.) Due to this loss of labour, the women's families do not want their daughters to marry young, and demand economic compensation (the aforementioned bride price) when they do leave them.
This conflicts with the interests of men, who want to marry early, as marriage means an increase in social status, and the interests of the groom's family, who will gain another pair of hands for the family farm, business or home.