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In researching an answer to this question, I found this quote:

It is not permissible to remarry your ex-husband unless you have married someone else. -- muslim1, 2014

I've seen this claim made repeatedly and up until now I thought it was correct. However, I found this fatwa:

If her waiting period ended from this second divorce, she is irrevocably divorced, and he cannot take her back except with a new dowry and a new marriage contract. -- IslamWeb

(And also another IslamWeb fatwa regarding khula.)

It does not state the wife marrying someone else is a pre-condition of remarrying his ex-wife---they just get married again. Hence my question:

Question: Is it impermissible to remarry your ex-husband unless you have married someone else?

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    It is true if she was divorced from him three times. Otherwise, she can remarry him directly. see islamqa.info/en/140573 – Butarek Hd Sep 6 '17 at 8:54
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    The statement of muslim1 is correct undder the given conditions: Three talaqs have taken place the fatwa from IslamWeb covers the other option where a reconciliation was still possible, but missed during iddah also see islam.stackexchange.com/questions/35851/… – Medi1Saif Sep 6 '17 at 15:32

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