Women: Adopting the husband's family name

Q671 :Women: Adopting the husband's family name

A671 : The adoption by a woman of her husband's family name when she marries him is a token of her being subordinate to him. Historically speaking, a woman was in a position of total subordination to her husband. In Islam, she suffers nothing of the sort. She retains her own family name because she is allowed to act independently of him. If divorce takes place, she returns to her own family. In Western countries, even after divorce, she continues to be known by her husband's family name. This is strange indeed.

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