College of Law and Politics at the
University of Human Development organised a panel discussion on the issue of
taking a second wife as a reason for separation between the first wife and
husband, on Tuesday, 11th April 2023.
The panellists were Mr Nu’man Muhammed
Almas, Judge Muhammed Mustafa and panel moderator Ms Rawsht Muhammad Amin, all
of whom are lecturers at the College of Law and Politics. They discussed the
issue from legal and Sharia points of view and answered questions from the
The Kurdistan Region’s jurisprudence allows
polygyny, having more than one wife, on the condition that the husband has the consent
of his present wife. Otherwise, the wife can ask the court for separation. However,
Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court has lately ruled that taking a second wife under
no circumstances constitutes a reason for divorce between the first wife and
husband. This issue has been heatedly debated ever since the ruling was issued.