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Murder in the Name of Honour: The True Story of One Woman’s Heroic Fight Against an Unbelievable Crime Paperback. OneWord 250 pp May 2009, ISBN 978 1 85168 524 0

Murder in the Name of Honour is Rana Husseini’s hard-hitting and controversial examination of honour crimes. Common in many traditional societies around the world, as well as in migrant communities in Europe and the USA, they involve a ‘punishment’—often death or disfigurement—carried out by a relative to restore the family’s honour.

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Rana Husseini. Murder in the Name of  Honour. Oneworld 2009

Rana Husseini. Murder in the Name of Honour. Oneworld 2009

About so-called “Crimes of Honor”

So-called “Crimes of Honor” are effectively the murder of girls or women by their fathers, brothers or other male relatives to “cleanse their family honor”.

This type of murder takes place almost all over the world but it is identified in different ways according to culture, religion, social practices and gender relations.

This label has been given to such crimes because they have been, and continue to be, carried out, justified and excused in the name of “honor”.

Honor in the context of these crimes implies the honor of a man, and by extension the family, who feels his own and his family’s reputation was disgraced by the behavior of his sister, daughter, wife or mother.

Often evidence of a crime is not necessary – gossip and rumor are enough condemnation for the victim.

The man chosen by the family to carry out the murder brutally ends his female relative’s life to cleanse the family of the “shame” she brought upon the family or tribe.

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