The popular Saudi TV show, Tash Ma Tash (English: “No Big Deal”), recently did a satire where a wife had multiple husbands. According
- The woman decides to marry a second man when her first husband stops caring after his appearance and is too busy at work.
- She marries a third husband as part of a dare.
- She marries a fourth man because he is Syrian and she is bored with her Saudi husbands.
- The woman reaches the limit of four husbands but decides she needs to marry again to feel younger. However, she needs to divorce one husband because she can’t exceed four husbands.
Obviously, some Muslim men were unhappy with this epidode. Hopefully it will open their eyes to the perspective of women – not an easy thing to do because it probably means closing an eye to the Qur’an.
In the near future I will be posting on the topic of women in Islam. Please send me any information you think will helpful in my study.
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|1.||↥||“Polygyny is clearly sanctioned in the Qurʾān which permits a man to take up to four wives so long as he treats them equally (q 4:3). A later verse in the same chapter (q 4:129) states that it is virtually impossible not to prefer one wife over the others and admonishes the husband not to neglect any of his wives” (Ruth Roded, “Women and the Qurʾān.” Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān. General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe . Brill [Leiden and Boston], 2005. CD-ROM version|