Describes the first meeting with the woman of the book's case study, in the Zananiri court of Cairo. An analysis of this meeting challenges the claim that khul' is for rich women only. Whereas the repayment of the mahr was presented in the media as a main obstacle to obtaining a khul' divorce, the cases presented make it clear that the registered mahr often consists of a symbolic amount only. This chapter explains why this is the case, how it led husbands to appeal against the return of the mahr, and how and why judges often took the side of the husband and made women pay back an amount which exceeded the mahr they had originally received.
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