Practical Holiness

Temporary Marriages Perfectly Legal in Shi'a Iran

Copyright 2000 by Hugo S. Cunningham
Italicized portions copyright 2000 by the "New York Times"
First posted: y10823
latest change: y10823

This innovation, recognized only by the minority Shi'a branch of Islam, might seem most beneficial to women. Where Islamic law holds, a man can divorce his wife simply by repeating 3 times "I divorce thee," but a woman has no right to divorce without her husband's consent. Under this "temporary marriage," however, a woman can escape a bad decision after 6 months (or whatever the term of the marriage was).

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