Permission to Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

If you’re facing a divorce in the United States and you think it’s a bad situation, just remember, it could always be worse. You could be a Coptic Christian living in Egypt where the Coptic Orthodox Church’s near total ban on divorce makes it such a social shame that no matter how terrible or abusive a marriage is, obtaining a divorce is nearly impossible. People don’t usually think about Christians living in predominantly Muslim Egypt, but there are about 8 million...

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Football & Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

A recent study that found divorce rates are the highest in households where the husbands are avid soccer fans comes from a surprising place this week, Egypt. Two Ain Shams University researchers, Hamdi Abdul Azeem and Mona el-Sayyed Hafez, conducted the first study of its kind in a country where the subject of divorce has long been off limits even though Egypt has one of the highest divorce rates in the Arab world. The researchers discovered that the more often Egyptian husbands watch soccer...

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Dialect Affects Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

The lack of preparation, agreement or notification that constitutes a legal divorce for Muslim men in India was noted when Divorce.com reported on “The World’s Easiest Divorce” last year. According to the Sunni Islamic seminary in India, a husband can end his marriage simply by saying the word talaq (divorce) three times. The deed requires no witnesses and the triple utterance is a valid divorce even if the wife doesn’t hear the words at all. This allows Sunni Muslim...

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