T H E D A W N I N G O F T H E T H I R D M I L L E N N I U M O N S H A R I ‘ A : E G Y P T ’ S L A W N O . 1 O F 2 0 0 0 , O R W O M E N M A Y D I V O R C E A T W I L L Oussama Arabi* I N T R O D U C T I O N A husband’s prerogative, divorce, is not an exclusive right of the husband in Islamic law, being also the privilege of the judge. Under certain conditions in which harm ( d . arar ) to the wife is established to his satisfaction, the judge may order a judicial divorce at the request of the wife. In Egypt in particular, during the first part of the twentieth century, Laws No. 25 of 1920 and No. 25 of 1929 marked a substantial increase in the chance of a wife being accorded judicial divorce. Basing themselves on the Maliki wide interpretation of harm, the
Arab Law Quarterly – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2001
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