Informal Marriages and Polygyny

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:
Informal Marriages and Polygyny

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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

Chapter.  11997 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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