This justification of wife-beating is not just part of “Shariah law”; it is found in the Qur’an itself: “Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.” — Qur’an 4:34
Sharia Alert from the modern, moderate UAE: “Islamic court: OK to beat wife if no marks left: Man in United Arab Emirates was initially fined $136 for hitting spouse, daughter,” from MSNBC, October 18 (thanks to Weasel Zippers):
A man can beat his wife and kids as long as he leaves no physical marks, the United Arab Emirates’ highest court has found.
The judgment came after a man slapped his wife and kicked and slapped his daughter, according to Abu Dhabi’s The National newspaper.
In the case debated by the Federal Supreme court, the daughter was bruised on the hand and knee, while the wife’s lip and teeth were injured.
According to the court, the injuries showed that the man had over-stepped his rights under Shariah, or Islamic law, the newspaper reported. He had originally been fined 500 United Arab Emirates dirhams ($136), but appealed the case twice….
According to Shariah law, a man can beat his wife and children as long as he has first tries unsuccessfully to discipline them by admonishing and then abstaining from sexual relations with his wife….