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Honor: Crimes of: Overview
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While it was anthropologists and sociologists who studied the cultural construct “honor” (and its corollary “shame”) in Muslim countries, it was mostly human rights activists and lawyers who took on the phenomenon of crimes of honor. “Crimes of honor” refers to the legal regulation of a cultural practice known as “honor killings.” In some Muslim cultural contexts, an honor killing takes place when a woman is killed by a male member of her fa…

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Abu-Odeh, Lama, “Honor: Crimes of: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 28 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0086a>
First published online: 2009

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