Religious Practices: Obedience and Disobedience in Islamic Discourses: Overview
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According to traditional Islamic discourses, a wife is obliged to obey her husband and her failure to do so constitutes nushūz. Nushūz is treated in works of jurisprudence (fiqh) and Qurʾānic exegesis (tafsīr) as a wife's disobedience, rebelliousness, or sexual refusal. Condemning nushūz, Muslim authorities stress wives' duties of obedience (ṭāʿa) and …

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Ali, Kecia, “Religious Practices: Obedience and Disobedience in Islamic Discourses: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 21 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0612>
First published online: 2009



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