Despite the dominant role that the family plays in Arab social life, settlement of family disputes remains among the least researched areas on the Arab family. This article attempts to
provide a short overview of the methods used in mediating spousal disputes among Arabs, particularly as practiced by the Lebanese Muslims.
This article is based on a more comprehensive paper by the author entitled "Conflict management within the Muslim Arab family", a paper delivered at the AUB-sponsored conference Conflict Resolution in the Arab World: Theory and Practice,
Lamaca, Cyprus, July 23-26,1993.
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