The Mahr

Nadia Sonneveld

in Khul' Divorce in Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9789774164842
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617971082 | DOI:
The Mahr

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Describes the first meeting with the woman of the book's case study, in the Zananiri court of Cairo. An analysis of this meeting challenges the claim that khul' is for rich women only. Whereas the repayment of the mahr was presented in the media as a main obstacle to obtaining a khul' divorce, the cases presented make it clear that the registered mahr often consists of a symbolic amount only. This chapter explains why this is the case, how it led husbands to appeal against the return of the mahr, and how and why judges often took the side of the husband and made women pay back an amount which exceeded the mahr they had originally received.

Keywords: Mahr; Cost of marriage; Shabka; Qayma; judges

Chapter.  9088 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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