Q 4:24 revisited

Joseph Witztum*

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Q 4:24 has presented a challenge to classical exegetes and modern scholars alike. Examining Quranic evidence and the exegetical tradition, this article offers a textual analysis of this verse and suggests a new reading. I argue that the first part of Q 4:24 is an independent sentence; that an erroneous reading of it as a continuation of the previous verse led to the replacement of the original meaning of muhsinat (chaste women) with married women; and that there is a strong case for understanding the second part of the verse as addressing mut'a.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-33
Number of pages33
JournalIslamic Law and Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Marriage, muhsinat
  • Mut'a
  • Q 4:24
  • Qur'an


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