It’s A Microcosm
Of The Culture Jesus Faced
On August 22, 2017, India’s Supreme Court banned the Muslim practice of triple-talaq also known as instant-divorce by which a husband could unilaterally divorce a wife instantly by simply saying the word “talaq” to her three times.
The law was so lax that sending the words by text or WhatsApp was sufficient to execute the divorce.
At one time, triple-talaq was the norm in other countries also but India is the last country to ban it by judicial decree. To quote US News:
…While judges or politicians elsewhere across the Muslim world, from Morocco to Indonesia, have managed to reform Islamic laws, bringing them under their own courts or codifying them, this never happened in India.
The article also mentions that many of these instantly-divorced women become destitute and homeless.
Calling triple-talaq insensitive is an understatement. It was the worst kind of cruel. It’s banning was celebrated by the ladies.
I mention it here because this represents a modern-day microcosm of marriage practices in the first century. Males were dominant, capricious and arbitrary. Easy divorce was not only possible it was expected during Bible times and the outcome could be just as devastating. [Read more…]