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July 25, 2012 / Man in the Mirror

Addressing Domestic Violence in Canadian Muslim Communities: Historical Context

The practice that permits a man to physically ‘discipline’ his wife dates back into the earliest times of recorded history. During the Roman era, this practice was written into the Laws of Chastisement. These laws permit the husband to beat his wife with a stick that is not thicker than the base of the man’s right thumb. The term ‘rule of thumb’ still lingers in the English language as a general concept to denote the day things are commonly done.

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  1. Randy Turner Attorney Fort Worth / Aug 20 2012 9:53 am

    I find the legal ramifications of this topic quite curious. Thanks for the information.

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