When You Can Hit Your Wife

The Qur’an famously allows husband to hit their wives. This gives many Muslims some not insignificant difficulties to explain in the West in particular where daily the media where Islam is presented relentlessly as sexually licensious and violently oppressive of women.

In this article, I look closer at the verse in question and what could possibly be the justification of this action a husband may take….

Jizya is for Pagans

Traditional Islamic shariah rulings give a place for “People of the Book” in society but charges them a poll tax called Jizya. What then is the place of Athiests, Polytheists and others generally. Here I review the key verse on the subject and conclude that such interpretations are not correct; that in fact Jizya only applies to a set of mushrikeen (Pagans) that includes some of the “People of the Book”…