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