Tim Blair


New Criterion



Monday, November 08, 2004
How should Uncle persuade Auntie to improve her ways?

Lots of good advice from various influential mullahs is available.
"The Koranic verse refers only to a disobedient wife...First you must admonish...Then comes the stage of sending her to a separate bed...If this does not help is said, 'and beat them'... What's better, that she gets slapped, or that she ruins her family, herself, and society?"
Precisely. Although the separate bed might be more of an inducement to further error.

I must find a mullah brave enough to break the news to Auntie.