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Khul' Divorce in EgyptPublic Debates, Judicial Practices, and Everyday Life$
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Nadia Sonneveld

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774164842

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774164842.001.0001

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The Mahr

The Mahr

Chapter:
(p.83) 4 The Mahr
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Khul' Divorce in Egypt
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Nadia Sonneveld

Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774164842.003.0005

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.

Keywords:   Mahr, Cost of marriage, Shabka, Qayma, judges

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