Women’s Rights Between Civil and Religious Laws: The Lebanese Law on Protection of Women and Family Members from Domestic Violence and the Religious Authorities’ Opposition

  • Benedetta Panchetti


On 1 April 2014, the Lebanese Parliament passed law number 293/2014 concerning domestic violence against women after a debate lasting nearly four years and which led to many changes from the original draft and then redrafting. This chapter reviews the complex inter-faith debates and politics in trying to get Muslims and Christians to agree on new marriage laws to put all Lebanese citizens on an equal footing and how Muslims saw such an attempt as trying to impose Western standards into their religious sphere. As such it displays how a monotheistic religion takes precedence over considerations of national unity and identity in a religiously divided society.


Islam Christianity Religion Lebanon Marriage laws 


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  • Benedetta Panchetti
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  1. 1.Catholic University Centre RomeRomeItaly

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