Muslim women left to ‘shop’ for an imam when they need a religious divorce


Credit: Allen Meyer / New America Media

Credit: Allen Meyer / New America Media

DETROIT — Recalling the day her Islamic divorce was finalized, Olivia says she was ecstatic.

“It was almost like having a noose around your neck, and (I was) just relieved that somebody doesn’t have that power over you, and you’re out of such a hostile situation,” she said.

Olivia, who asked not to be identified by her real name, separated from her husband after six years of marriage and divorced him in civil court, but when he refused to grant her a religious divorce, she traveled across the country for four years, meeting with imams in different cities asking for a divorce.

Natasha Dado reports on the difficulties encountered by Muslim women who seek to end their marriages in the US.

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