The myth of Muslim honour killings

It’s impossible to simplify the complex nature of honor killings by labeling it a religious or cultural disease. No one can make a case that honor killing is a religious issue because there is no justification for it in the Qur’an or Sharia and it occurs in all religions.

If honor killings were strictly a Muslim issue, how can it be explained that such murders are virtually unheard of in Indonesia, the most populous Muslim country, and in Saudi Arabia, the land of the two holy mosques and the most conservative Muslim country? In fact, the evidence is overwhelming that not only are Muslims responsible for only a portion of honor killings but the killings are committed on a global scale that includes Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and people of no faith.



1 Response to “The myth of Muslim honour killings”

  1. 1 ammani January 8, 2008 at 12:31 am

    The overwhelming majority of the U.N.-estimated 5,000 dishonor killings per annum globally occur in Arab/Muslim countries and in Arab/Muslim immigrant communities elsewhere. This is just an empirical fact. Yes, there are exceptions, but they are only that. . .exceptions.

    Ellen R. Sheeley, Author
    “Reclaiming Honor in Jordan”

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