CAIRO: Divorces to Become More Difficult to Obtain if President Abdel-Fatteh el-Sissi Has His Way

Did you know that in Egypt and many Muslim countries, it is a man’s prerogative to divorce his wife simply by saying “I divorce you” to her three times? Apparently, this practice has led to an explosion of divorces in Egypt – about 900,000 per year – and the president wants to do something about it.

What does he want to do? How about this New York Times article which claims he wants the divorces to be done in the presence of a “maazoun.” In case you are wondering, this is a cleric specifically authorized to “officiate marriage and divorce.”

This seems sensical in a way that allowing a person to simply break a marital commitment by saying “I divorce you” three times seems nonsensical. And I say that with all due respect. The Egyptian president is right to institute a change. If for nothing else, to benefit the children of these marriages.

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