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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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Informal Marriages and Polygyny

Informal Marriages and Polygyny

(p.159) 7 Informal Marriages and Polygyny
Khul' Divorce in Egypt

Nadia Sonneveld

American University in Cairo Press

Relates how the subject desires to marry again, but in order not to give up her independence and freedom insists on marrying a married man as his second wife. Discusses the reasons behind her decision to remarry and why she chose to do so in this specific way. In the course of this, the chapter also deals with the subject of 'urfi marriages, or so-called secret marriages, which formed another topic of heated discussion in the public debate on khul', both in newspapers and in films. Elaborating on the notion of secrecy, the chapter demonstrates that the difference between formal and informal marriages is in need of rethinking.

Keywords:   'urfi marriages, remarriage, unmarried status, polygony

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