A Fam­ily Con­spir­acy: Honor Killing–Tribal Bar­barism Ex­am­ined in Ex­plo­sive New Book by Dr. Phyl­lis Ch­esler

New English Re­view Press is pleased to an­nounce the pub­li­ca­tion of “A Fam­ily Con­spir­acy: Honor Killing” by Dr. Phyl­lis Ch­esler. It will be pub­lished April 24. Pre-Or­der avail­able now.

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An honor killing is the cold-blooded mur­der of girls and women sim­ply be­cause they are fe­male. Be­ing born fe­male in a shame-and-honor cul­ture is, po­ten­tially, a cap­i­tal crime; ev­ery girl has to keep prov­ing that she is not dis­hon­or­ing her fam­ily; even so, an in­no­cent girl can be falsely ac­cused and killed on the spot.

Dr. Phyl­lis Ch­esler has been study­ing the na­ture of honor killings for the last fif­teen years. Dur­ing that time she has pub­lished four stud­ies at Mid­dle East Quar­terly and is working on a fifth. While this bar­baric cus­tom is tribal in ori­gin, Hin­duism, Sikhism, and Is­lam have not tried to abol­ish it as a crime against God or hu­man­ity.

Honor killings are also a fam­ily con­spir­acy, one in which women (moth­ers, sis­ters, aunts, grand­moth­ers, moth­ers-in law), as well as men (fa­thers, broth­ers, cousins, un­cles, grand­fa­thers) play a role. Those girls and women who man­age to es­cape must live in hid­ing for the rest of their lives as their fam­i­lies will never stop com­ing af­ter them.

A girl's fer­til­ity and re­pro­duc­tive ca­pac­ity is owned by her fam­ily, not by the girl her­self. If a girl is even seen as dam­aged goods, her fam­ily-of-ori­gin will be re­spon­si­ble for her care for the rest of her life. This is a killing of­fense. Her vir­gin­ity be­longs to her fam­ily and is a to­ken of their honor. If she is not a vir­gin, the shame be­longs to her fam­ily and they must cleanse them­selves of it with blood; her blood.

Most Western­ers refuse to un­der­stand that this crime is not like west­ern-style do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and re­quires dif­fer­ent ap­proaches in terms of pre­ven­tion, in­ter­ven­tion, and pros­e­cu­tion.

Honor killings (or femi­cide) is part of a shame-and-honor tribal cul­ture as is gender apartheid. It is a hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion and can­not be jus­ti­fied in the name of cul­tural rel­a­tivism, tol­er­ance, anti-racism, di­ver­sity, or po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness. As long as tribal groups con­tinue to deny, min­i­mize, or ob­fus­cate the prob­lem, and West­ern gov- ern­ment and po­lice of­fi­cials ac- cept their in­ac­cu­rate ver­sions of re­al­ity, women will con­tinue to be killed for honor in the West.

The bat­tle for women's rights is cen­tral to the bat­tle for Europe and for West­ern val­ues. It is a nec­es­sary part of true democ­racy, along with free­dom of re­li­gion, tol­er­ance for ho­mo­sex­u­als, and free­dom of dis­sent. Here, then, is ex­actly where the great­est bat­tle of the twenty-first cen­tury is joined.

New English Re­view Press is pleased to an­nounce the pub­li­ca­tion of “A Fam­ily Con­spir­acy: Honor Killing” by Dr. Phyl­lis Ch­esler. It will be pub­lished April 24. Pre-Or­der avail­able now.

Honor killings are also a fam­ily con­spir­acy, one in which women (moth­ers, sis­ters, aunts, grand­moth­ers, moth­ers-in law), as well as men (fa­thers, broth­ers, cousins, un­cles, grand­fa­thers) play a role. Those girls and women who man­age to es­cape must live in hid­ing for the rest of their lives as their fam­i­lies will never stop com­ing af­ter them.

Dr. Phyl­lis Ch­esler has been study­ing the na­ture of honor killings for the last fif­teen years. Dur­ing that time she has pub­lished four stud­ies at Mid­dle East Quar­terly and is working on a fifth. The bat­tle for women’s rights is cen­tral to the bat­tle for Europe and for West­ern val­ues. It is a nec­es­sary part of true democ­racy, along with free­dom of re­li­gion, tol­er­ance for ho­mo­sex­u­als, and free­dom of dis­sent. Here, then, is ex­actly where the great­est bat­tle of the twenty-first cen­tury is joined.

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