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Is wife-beating allowed in the Quran?

The mainstream teaching is that it allows a husband to hit his wife as a last resort in specific circumstances. Some have argued that this means it sanctions domestic violence against women.

 

The first and perhaps most important point to mention is that this view is based only upon the use of one word in Surah 4, verse 34 of The Quran shown below:

 

Surah 4 Verse 34