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Divorce and Custody: Contemporary Practices: Khul‘
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Historical origins and instances of khulʿ

Historical origins

“The wife of Thabit b. Qays b. Shammas [Habiba] came to the Messenger, peace be upon him, and said: ‘O Messenger of God, I do not hate Thabit neither because of his faith nor his nature, except that I fear unbelief.’ The Messenger of God, peace be upon him, said: ‘Will you give back his orchard?’ She said ‘Yes’ and she gave…

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Nadia Sonneveld and Erin E. Stiles, “Divorce and Custody: Contemporary Practices: Khul‘”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_COM_002084>
First published online: 2016

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