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Explanation: In Islam, iddah is a period after a divorce, during which a woman may not marry another man. The time period is calculated on the number of menses a woman has, usually three. Historically, iddah was required to ensure that a male could know of any offspring produced after the cessation of a nikah, and be certain as to the parentage.
Depends a little on who are the readers. If they are familiar with Coran and Sunnah, "prescribed period" would be an alternative. Anyway, I think your suggestion is ok. "Waiting period" is just what Muhammad Asad has in his translation of Surah 65:1.
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term or period of waiting
Explanation: Also the word "Iddat" is in common use in the Islamic literature that has been translated into English.
See Farouqi Legal Dictionary
Yahya Salah Local time: 19:44 Native speaker of: Arabic
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