Divorce law and Islam

Here's my story for WomensEnews on how the struggle to change Egypt's divorce laws is largely a debate over competing visions of Islam. There are many different angles to a discussion on Egypt's divorce laws. It is a subject that promises to feature prominently in the public debate in coming months. Divorce falls under Egypt's personal status laws, and a new personal status law is due to be presented to Parliament this Spring. In addition, the whole controversy over the Coptic bishop's wife who converted to Islam has renewed the debate about getting rid of the legal distinctions between Copts and Muslims in Egypt's family law. I'll try to follow up with more on this later.