Quran’s verse on "rebellious" women generates debate

untitled Laleh Bakhtiar had spent two years working on an English translation of the Quran when she came upon Chapter 4, Verse 34.

She nearly dropped the project then.

The hotly debated verse states that a rebellious woman should first be admonished, abandoned in bed and ultimately "beaten" — the most common translation for the Arabic word "daraba" — unless her behavior improves.

"I decided it either has to have a different meaning, or I can’t keep translating," said Bakhtiar, an Iranian American who adopted her father’s Islamic faith as an adult and had not dwelled on the verse before. "I couldn’t believe that God would sanction harming another human being except in war."

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