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Such a beating will teach the woman to treat the man with “respect, and that her husband has a higher status than her,” Mr. Mansour said, raising his opened right hand as if to slap the air above his head for dramatic effect.

The cleric did, however, add the following directive: “I say to every husband, do not rush to beat her whenever a problem arises.

“One should not beat her out of anger,” he said. “This you must know: If the wife utters the name of God, the beating must stop.”