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Khul' Divorce in Egypt: Public Debates, Judicial Practices, and Everyday Life

Nadia Sonneveld


At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Egyptian women gained the unique right to divorce their husbands unilaterally through a procedure called khul'. This has been a controversial application; notwithstanding attempts to present the law as being grounded in Islamic law, opponents claim that khul' is a privileged women's law, and a western conspiracy aimed at destroying Egyptian family life and, by extension, Egyptian society. In Khul' Divorce in Egypt, Nadia Sonneveld explores the nature of the public debates—including the portrayal of khul' in films and cartoons—while an examination o ... More

Keywords: khul' divorce, Marriage in Egypt, Personal status law, Muslim family law, Divorce procedures, Egyptian family court and law, Cartoons and humor and film, Shari'a law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9789774164842
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774164842.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nadia Sonneveld, author
Van Vollenhoven Institute of Law, Governance and Development, Faculty of Law, University of Leiden