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The Iddat

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The object of the iddat is firstly to ascertain whether the wife is pregnant, and if so, the paternity of the child. Secondly, in the event of a revocable divorce, it gives the husband the opportunity to return to his wife, and thirdly, it gives a widow the opportunity to mourn the death of her husband. The modern personal status laws have generally adopted these Shari'ah provisions, they being mentioned explicitly in the laws of Syria, Tunisia, Morocco, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait and Algeria. The spouses are not free of their rights and obligations during the iddat period, which is a period of transition between the actual separation of the couple, and the final termination of their marriage under a revocable pronouncement of repudiation.

Keywords: iddat; Shari'ah



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