I appreciate your honest answer but as non muslim i find these laws unfair to a women. He has only to ask she has to insist. I find this authority to chastise a women by any physical force an excuse for violence.
But is it not unfair in your eyes that the man must pay a dowry to marry? Or he must work to feed his family, even if his wife works and earns more than he does? Or that he must answer the call to war but the woman doesn't? Or he must go to the mosque five times a day, rain or shine to pray in congeregation whereas the woman can pray at home? My point is, why don't you complain about the 'unfairness' of Islam towards men?
Slaves could be forced to have sex with their masters as scriptures prescribed.
Please show me where the scriptures say this?
I'm not that concerned, the the majority of muslims would not dream of beating their wives or obtain slaves to have sex with. Its the idea that certain wives are obstructed by sharia in the true act of divorce. You like I must be concerned at the disadvantages your system imposes on women, surely.
The shariah does not obstruct women the true act of divorce, it merely requires her to take a longer route than the man.
If you analyse the application of these laws, realistically a man would not deny his wife a divorce if she wants one - what man would want to force his wife to stay if she's unhappy? It would rarely go to court. If a woman has to go to court, it would usually mean the man is being unreasonable, and so in most cases the courts would order the divorce if all efforts have been made to save the marriage. What this system does do is it stops any women who wish to take advantage of the dowry system.
So I do not believe this is a real disadvantage to women. As mentioned earlier, you have to analyse these laws along with the whole system arranged by Islam.