Getting Away with Murder: The Application of Marriage Laws in Jewish Yemen

Dina Dahbany-Miraglia


Rabbinic designations of females as a kind of movable property under the management of fathers and husbands has mostly benefited males at the expense of females. But in spite of excessive care in covering as many circumstances as possible direct violations of rabbinic mandates have been fairly common in Yemen. Using a selection of narratives, this paper identifies specific halakhic mandates that have been disobeyed, ignored, circumvented or just defied by some of Yemen's Jews from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century.

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