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Shvoong Home>Arts & Humanities>Mutilation and Killing for Muslim "Honor": Religious or Tribal Custom? Summary

Mutilation and Killing for Muslim "Honor": Religious or Tribal Custom?

Article Summary   by:stardustz     Original Author: Adrian Morgan
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In this article, the author gives a demonstration on what will happen to Western society when Muslim immigrants bring together with them their custom of ‘honor killing’. By giving examples of real life cases associated with honor killing, the author takes a bigger step into questioning whether such practice is really a religious custom or merely tribal custom. Most of the events of honor killing take place in Muslim societies, yet nothing in the Koran approves of such act. Therefore, it is being argued that honor killing is more likely a ‘pre-Islamic, tribal custom’. Studies showed that some non-Arab Muslim societies practice honor killings, while people who share the same ancestors with them but of different religions do not. Under such circumstances, the belief of honor killings as a prehistoric custom of the Arabs has been overthrown. Victims of honor killings are seen as ‘heretics’ who broke the traditional Islamic values. Their actions are seen to have brought shame to their families, so the punishments inflicted upon them are often supported by friends and neighbors. The author provides quite a number of examples of honor killings that have occurred among the Muslim societies, in which includes the famous public execution of 19-year old Princess Misha'al bint Fahd al Saud and her husband.
In most of the cases provided in the article, most honor killings were carried out by the family members of the victims themselves. The majority of women subjected to honor killings as a result of being said to have committed in adultery are innocent, which occurred due to rumors. At the end of the article, the author touches on the fact that cases of honor killings also took place in Europe within the immigrants communities, where people are killed because of ‘bringing shame’ to the family. He also mentions that honor killings will certainly increase in the United States (and probably other countries), if the Muslim immigrants have no respect for values such as personal liberty and the equality of women.
Published: August 10, 2007   
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