Honour, Violence, Women and Islam
Edited by Mohammad Mazher Idriss, Tahir Abbas
Routledge-Cavendish – 2010 – 256 pages
Why are honour killings and honour-related violence (HRV) so important to understand? What do such crimes represent? And how does HRV fit in with Western views and perceptions of Islam? This distinctively comparative collection examines the concept of HRV against women in general and Muslim women in particular. The issue of HRV has become a sensitive subject in many South Asian and Middle Eastern countries and it has received the growing attention of the media, human rights groups and academics around the globe. However, the issue has yet to receive detailed academic study in the United Kingdom, particularly in terms of both legal and sociological research. This collection sets out the theoretical and ethical parameters of the study of HRV in order to address this intellectual vacuum in a socio-legal context. The key objectives of this book are: to construct, and to develop further, a theory of HRV; to rationalise and characterise the different forms of HRV; to investigate the role of religion, race and class in society within this context, in particular, the role of Islam; to scrutinise the role of the civil/criminal law/justice systems in preventing these crimes; and to inform public policy-makers of the potential policies that may be employed in combating HRV.
"Honour, Violence, Women and Islam, a scholarly attempt to address questions of honour-related violence, is a truly exceptional publication… [it] is among the first complete guides to honour-related violence, and undoubtedly represents a valuable source of information and point of reference for everyone interested in this area of study – postgraduates and academics interested in this area of study, social workers dealing with honour related violence and policy makers alike. It is suitable for anyone seeking a broader picture of the sociological and legal contexts of crimes of honour." - Monika Gabriela Dabrowska, In-Spire, Journal of Law, Politics and Societies Vol. 5, No. 2, Winter 2010
1. Introduction Mohammad Mazher Idriss 2. Honour-Related Violence Towards South Asian Muslim Women Tahir Abbas 3. The Silencing of Women from the Pakistani Muslim Mirpuri Community in Violent Relationships Zahira Latif 4. There is Nothing 'Honourable' About Honour Killings: Gender, Violence and the Limits of Multiculturalism Veena Meeto and Heidi Safia Mirza 5. Collective Crimes, Collective Victims: A Case Study into the Murder of Banaz Mahmod Joanne Lee Payton 6. Honour and Shame in Domestic Homicide: A Critical Analysis of the Provocation Defence Anna Carline 7. Does the Qur’an Condone Domestic Violence Sadia Kauser, Sjaad Hussain, Mohammad Mazher Idriss 8. The Construction of ‘Honour’ in Indian Criminal Law: An Indian Lawyer’s Perspective Geeta Ramaseshan 9. Men’s Violence and Women’s Responsibility: Mothers’ Stories about Honour Violence Åsa Eldén 10. Lack of Due Diligence: Judgments of Crimes of Honour in Turkey Leylâ Pervizat 11. A Comparative Study of the Reform Work Conducted in Asia and Europe to Combat Violence and So-Called Honour Murders Rana Husseini 12. Ending Honour Crimes in Sub Saharan Africa: Looking at a Long Hard Death Nancy Kaymar Stafford 13. Conversations Across Borders: Men and Honour Related Violence in the UK and Sweden Suruchi Thapar-Björkert 14. Tackling ‘Crimes of Honour:’ Evaluating the Social and Legal Responses to Combating Forced Marriages in the United Kingdom Samia Bano 15. Reconfiguring ‘Honour’-Based Violence as a Form of Gendered Violence Aisha Gill
Mohammad Mazher Idriss is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Law, formerly at Coventry University.
Dr Tahir Abbas FRSA is currently Honorary University Fellow at the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies.