Saturday, January 19, 2008

Not Your Average Text Message

From the Washington Post:
The Cairo woman stared in disbelief at the text message in her cellphone inbox.

She and her husband, an Egyptian army officer away on duty, had just hung up after quarreling on the phone. She ignored his return call, not wanting to continue the argument, the woman recounted in an interview this week.

The electronic chirrup of an incoming message signaled his response. "I divorce you," her husband had written. "That will teach you not to answer my calls."

According to the article it takes only three such statements "I divorce you" in Islamic Law for men to be able to divorce their wives. But can they use cell phones to do it? In several Islamic states, men are apparently testing the waters.

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