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Divorce and Custody: Contemporary Practices: Canada
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Divorce has been of some consequence in the interaction of Muslims and the West throughout history, since the alleged ease with which Muslim men could divorce their wives was often used by European critics of Islam as proof of inequities and lack of modernity within the tradition. For example, the primary legalities of divorce are laid out in the Qurʾān, by which the male uttering of the ṭalāq formula (“I divorce you”) three times in succession constitutes the legal end of the relationship. Since the Qurʾān had no equivalent procedure for the wife, the claim of…

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Waugh, Earle, “Divorce and Custody: Contemporary Practices: Canada”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 30 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0074c>
First published online: 2009

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