Reputation Is Everything - Honor Killings and Islam

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Reputation Is Everything - Honor Killings and Islam


Emery, James, The World and I


An alarming increase in honor-related crimes during the last few years is attributed to the influence of radical Islamic movements and terrorist organizations. The reluctance of government officials to prosecute honor killings is due in part to their desire to appease these radical social elements. Honor killings also eliminate the need for the state to provide economic support and other services for single mothers by deterring or eliminating their presence.

Many people who support honor killings and terrorism believe they are guided by the Qur'an, but many educated Muslims disagree. "These are bad people who do not understand our religion," says Amer, a Muslim scholar. "Murders and terrorism are against the teachings of Islam."

"Honor killings are not sanctioned by the Qur'an," Amer insists. "The Prophet [Muhammad], peace be upon him, said that we are to treat our women with respect and kindness." Muhammad admonished men who oppressed or mistreated women. Parts of the Qur'an (like the Torah and the Bible) place women in inferior roles. …

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