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Women in the Crossfire: Understanding and Ending Honor Killing

Robert Paul Churchill


Every year, thousands of girls and women die, often at the hands of blood relatives. These victims are accused of committing honor violations that bring shame upon their family—such transgressions range from walking with a boy in their neighborhood to seeking to marry a man of their own choosing to being a victim of rape. Women in the Crossfire presents a thorough examination of honor killing, an age-old social practice through which women are trapped and subjected to terror and deadly violence as consequences of the evolution of dysfunctional patriarchal structures and competition among men f ... More

Keywords: crimes of passion, honor killing, honor-shame culture, duty to kill, family honor, femicide, gender violence, human rights, Islamic culture, Sharia law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190468569
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190468569.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Paul Churchill, author
George Washington University