Persian Voices: Men Are in Charge of Women

Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So, righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.


Editor’s Note: The speaker refers to the Iranian constitution during debates on the rights of women: Article 4 chapter 2. Persons under age or under religious/legal guardianship (that-I qaymumiyat-i Sharia) were excluded from the electorate.