Dutch Muslims send divorce text messages

Radio Netherlands Worldwide reports that at least two Muslim men in the country have attempted to obtain divorce through digital means, according to comments by Shaikh Amer, a lecturer in Shari’a Studies at Rotterdam’s Islamic University. Amer notes cases in which men repeat the word “talaq” three times in an email, msn or text message. Critical Islamic scholars doubt whether the use of electronic media is secure enough. And under Islamic law, the paper notes, divorce is not legal until confirmed by a judge or imam.