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Daraba- Does the Quran allow wife beating?

Source: https://www.knottedpost.com/belief-philosophy-and-non-belief/daraba-does-the-quran-allow-wife-beating/


By Layth Sharab

From the time the Qur’an was revealed, it has unfortunately been subject to gross misinterpretation and mistranslation by traditional sexist men, particularly in regard to the rights and roles of women in society. The most obvious example of this, which can be seen in several English translations of the Qur’an, is that of verse 4:34, where the particular word in Arabic with root Da-Ra-Ba ض ر ب has been mistranslated to apparently allow beating of the wife. As ridiculous as this sounds, this misinterpretation is in-fact the result of a biased inclination of a misogynistic attitude in some men, instead of an honest reflection of the most appropriate meaning of the word. By analysing the rules of Arabic grammar, the relevant history and verses of the Qur’an, this article aims to present the reasoning and evidence behind a much more likely meaning of the verse, as well as highlight the deficiencies of interpreting the word as ‘beat them’ in this context. The following is a translation of verse 4:34 with the word Da-Ra-Ba ض ر ب left untranslated:

Men are to support women from what God has given some more than
others and from what they spend from their wealth. The righteous
women are those who are devoted to God, guarding the unseen as God
would have them guard. As for those from whom you fear discord,
discuss with them, avoid them in bed and اضرب them. If they pay heed
to you, do not seek a way against them. God is Exalted
and Almighty. (4:34) Read more of this post