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The Historical Roots and Occurrence of Honour-Related Violence in Non-Muslim and Muslim Societies

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Abstract Every year, males across the world murder thousands of female family members. The practice is called “honour killing” and it entails the execution of female family member(s) for the perceived misuse of their sexuality. The main focus of this paper will be to look at the formative phase of religious-legal ethical codes for disciplining of female sexual conduct, which marks the boundaries of the institution of family in Muslim and Non-Muslim societies. Since most of the incidents reported in the local and global media come from Muslim communities living in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, it is necessary to question why honour-killing practices are still present in the Muslim societies. How have most other religions and civilizations managed to dispose attitudes, perceptions and practices, which breed the practice of honour killing of women?

Affiliations: 1: Political Science and International Relations Halic University


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