Tag Archive for divorce

The shari’a card

Demonstration against shari'a law

Demonstration against shari’a law in London, 2009

Kecia Ali identifies a core problem through all schools of Islamic law based on a close scrutiny of the core texts: the status of wife and the status of slave are constantly presented in parallel – statuses are applied and extrapolated from one position of dependence to another. There are reasons then, to have concerns about legal systems which stake their distinctiveness in  continuity with this paradigm. Certainly, clients of IKWRO have expressed fury at shoddy and discriminatory treatments in shari’a courts, of the type exposed in the C4 documentary Divorce: Sharia Style. Read more


This is the follow up to my earlier post about forms of violence affecting Middle Eastern women in the UK.

Chain Migration

‘Honour’ in transition

There is a gendered pattern of chain migration, especially predominant within communities where women have less liberties to travel alone, where a man arrives as an immigrant and later receives a bride from his country of origin. Many of the women I have researched for my earlier discussion of differences between HBV and IPV fit into this category: they are first generation immigrants, dependent upon their husbands financially and legally. Read more

Divorce: Iranian style

Just found this important documentary on Youtube while researching a post that I may finish later today. It’s definitely worth viewing if you haven’t seen it before.