Put together, all these sources [from the Koran and hadith] suggest that beating, if it has to be done at all, should be a last resort to punish a wife for some major sin, such as adultery. It is the final manifestation of the husband's authority, not the first; a deterrent aimed at holding the marriage together.So a "beating" is the way to hold a bad marriage together? Good to know. Here in Kafirland the "last resort" usually consists of heading off to a marriage counselor. But, hey, maybe a "last resort" beating is more effective--and less expensive.
Update: This BeliefNet reviewer gives the book two thumbs-up, calling its author "the John Gray of the Muslim world." Funny, I don't remember that part of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus where the Martians are advised to thrash the Venetians (but only as a "last resort").