A Critical Examination of Qur'an 4:34 and Its Relevance to Intimate Partner Violence in Muslim Families

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Title A Critical Examination of Qur'an 4:34 and Its Relevance to Intimate Partner Violence in Muslim Families
Author Ibrahim, Nada; Abdalla, Mohamad
Journal Name Journal of Muslim Mental Health
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This article examines Islam's position on wife beating in the context of intimate partner violence (IPV). Though research indicates multiple causes of IPV, Islam is often singled out as the main cause for violence against women in Muslim societies, based on the interpretation of Qur'an 4:34 (which seemingly supports wife beating). This verse is often interpreted out of context and Islam's position on IPV is confused with the issue of nushuz (contentiously translated as wife's disobedience, flagrant defiance, or misbehavior). The lack of accurate translations compounds the problem for English readers. This article critically examines the legal meanings and implications of nushuz found in verse 4:34 within the context of IPV. The authors contend that contextual understating of this is imperative for positive clinical engagement with Muslim clients.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15564908.2010.551278
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Routledge. This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Muslim Mental Health, Volume 5, Issue 3, 2010 , pages 327-349. Journal of Muslim Mental Health is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com with the open URL of your article.
Volume 5
Issue Number 3
Page from 327
Page to 349
ISSN 1556-5009
Date Accessioned 2011-03-19
Date Available 2012-04-30T22:20:05Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Law and Legal Studies
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/38916
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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