A brief history of divorce – Rod Phillips

A brief history of divorce – Rod Phillips

Dig into the complicated history of divorce— from the earliest known divorce laws in ancient Mesopotamia to modern day.

Formally or informally, human societies across place and time have made rules to bind and dissolve couples. The stakes of who can obtain a divorce, and why, have always been high. Divorce is a battlefield for some of society’s most urgent issues, including the roles of church and state, individual rights, and women’s rights. Rod Phillips digs into the complicated history of divorce.

Lesson by Rod Phillips, directed by Chintis Lundgren

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50 Comments

  1. In islam you CANNOT divorce your wife without a reason , this is ridiculous TED ED , I expected better from you

  2. Marriage is a sacred ritual,, yet can be break by divorce Instead of working it out and deal with strong relationship?? The effect is over population 😂🤣😂🤣

  3. I love how many of these vignettes illustrate a spouse who is tired of the mess while the other spouse is just being lazy.

  4. Don’t forget husbands could commit wives to asylums without cause during the Victorian era when they wanted to move on.

  5. "in america, women experience economic loss more than men after divorce"…Did they just explain that men usually make the money and pay all the bills lol. Yeah, when the guy goes, so does the free ride lol

  6. 01:25
    " While a wife must secure her husband’s agreement to divorce him" .

    That is not true as per the Qur’an.
    It’s an Arabian tradision, but it’s not the Qur’an guidance.

    We have the Qur’an, and we can read it easily, and understand it.

    Quran said in chapter Nisaa:

    " وَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ شِقَاقَ بَيْنِهِمَا ، فَابْعَثُوا حَكَماً مِنْ أَهْلِهِ وَحَكَماً مِنْ أَهْلِهَا .
    إِنْ يُرِيدَا إِصْلاحاً يُوَفِّقْ اللَّهُ بَيْنَهُمَا ، إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلِيماً خَبِيراً (35) " .
    النساء

    " (35) And if you fear dissension between the two, send an arbitrator from his people and an arbitrator from her people.
    If they both desire reconciliation, Allah will cause it between them.
    Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing and Acquainted [with all things] ".

    Also Quran said in chapter Al Baqarah:

    " الطَّلاقُ مَرَّتَانِ ، فَإمْسَاكٌ بِمَعْرُوفٍ أَوْ تَسْرِيحٌ بِإِحْسَانٍ . وَلا يَحِلُّ لَكُمْ أَنْ تَأْخُذُوا مِمَّا آتَيْتُمُوهُنَّ شَيْئاً إِلاَّ أَنْ يَخَافَا أَلاَّ يُقِيمَا حُدُودَ اللَّهِ .
    فَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ أَلاَّ يُقِيمَا حُدُودَ اللَّهِ فَلا جُنَاحَ عَلَيْهِمَا فِيمَا افْتَدَتْ بِهِ ، تِلْكَ حُدُودُ اللَّهِ فَلا تَعْتَدُوهَا ، وَمَنْ يَتَعَدَّ حُدُودَ اللَّهِ فَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمْ الظَّالِمُونَ (229) "
    البقرة

    " (229) Divorce is twice. Then, either keep [her] in an acceptable manner, or release [her] with good treatment.
    And it is not lawful for you to take anything of what you have given them, unless both fear that they will not be able to keep [within] the limits of Allah.

    But if you fear that they will not keep [within] the limits of Allah, then there is no blame upon either of them concerning that by which she ransoms herself.
    These are the limits of Allah, so do not transgress them. And whoever transgresses the limits of Allah – it is those who are the wrongdoers" .

    As we see, she can devorce him without his wilness, and also he can divorce her, but with a good manner.

  7. This is a little one-sided. Divorce is a good way for greedy argumentative, unfaithful women to make a quick bock. a career choice. They get the , house and cat, the kids and alimony, the car and no one to criticize their unselfish manner.

  8. 4:50 HOW IS THAT TRUE??? men always have to pay alimony and child support and women always get the house and the kids and everything

  9. In America women tend to leave with everything after a divorce. House, kids, and half the husbands money. Ted I can’t use you as a reliable source anymore.

  10. Having your parents divorce is rough but sometimes very necessary. I was 11 when mine broke up and it was a mess at first with them arguing every time my dad came to pick up me and my siblings but things eventually got better. Now a decade later i can look back and see all of the positive things that came out of their separation.

  11. Marriage in the past: " I will stand by your side whichever storms come our way and fight til the end for our love and the preservation of the family, because you’re the only one I want by my side until death. I promise this oath unto you!"

    Marriage now: "You wanna bang for a while until we get bored and one of us betrays the other? we get a tax credit."

  12. 4:48 " in the united states, for example, women experience economic loss far more than men after divorce.
    im sorry is there another "united states" of which i am unaware?
    i dont want to list 100 reasons why this is invalid to its core so i guess youll have to trust me on this one.

  13. Before the Quran was even revealed divorce wasn’t even a conversation. Women were forced into marriage. Islam later brought many rights to women, one of which was divorce. Culture lead for women to give ‘reason’ for a divorce, however neither gender needed a reason for divorce. In Islam we believe God does not agree with divorce but sees it as a right since humans cannot forced to be together, this is why it is allowed in Islam

  14. Hahahahahahahahahhaha, the ad that came on before my video was for Pandora jewelry and people proposing and getting married 🤣🤣🤣 IRONY

  15. What about Absolution in the Roman Catholic Church, the way it was presented it seemed that if you are Roman Catholic and got married then that’s it.

  16. 3:32 i can just imagine a judge who knows the actor and recognises him bacause he has seen him in these photos so much being like "Ah! Frank is still doing business"

  17. I think marriage should be for life (with the exception of adultery) and adultery should be a punishable offense

  18. not as well balanced as most ted ed stuff, and a bit of simplistic cherry picking to appeal to those in power. but i suppose there is a lot of stuff you cant publicly question these days.

  19. All TED videos end with some inequality either racial or gender based and that is supposed to be the point of the entire video. Reminds me of He-Man endings. The whole elisode is just bacho miscles and boulder tossing than for the conclusion "So remember kids Its not nice to be rude to strangers or something’ LoL

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