In Honor of Fadime Murder and Shame

ISBN-10: 0226896862
ISBN-13: 9780226896861
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/1/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 314
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

In 2002 young Fadime Sahindal was brutally murdered by her own father. She belonged to a family of Kurdish immigrants who had lived in Sweden for almost two decades. But Fadime’s relationship with a man outside of their community had deeply dishonored her family, and only her death could remove the stain. This abhorrent crime shocked the world, and her name soon became a rallying cry in the struggle to combat so-called honor killings.nbsp; nbsp; Unni Wikan narrates Fadime’s heartbreaking story through her own eloquent words, along with the testimonies of her father, mother, and two sisters. What unfolds is a tale of courage and betrayal, loyalty and love, power and humiliation, and a nearly unfathomable clash of cultures. Despite enduring years of threats over her emancipated life, Fadime advocated compassion for her killers to the end, believing them to be trapped by an unyielding code of honor. Wikan puts this shocking event in context by analyzing similar honor killings, which are increasing throughout Europe and have now been reported in Canada and the United States. She also examines the concept of honor in historical and cross-cultural depth, concluding that Islam itself is not to blame—indeed, honor killings occur across religious and ethnic traditions—but rather the way that many cultures have resolutely linked honor with violence. In Honor of Fadimeholds profound and timely insights into Islamic culture, but ultimately the heart of this powerful book is Fadime’s courageous and tragic story—and Wikan’s telling of it is riveting.

Unni Wikan is professor of social anthropology at the University of Oslo, Norway, and the author of numerous books. She has also taught at Harvard University, Beersheba University, L'�cole des hautes �tudes en sciences sociales, and the London School of Economics. In 2004 she received the Norwegian Fritt Ord Award for "her insightful, openhearted and challenging contributions to the public debate on the value conflicts in multicultural societies." She is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Michael Woods is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Introduction
Swedish Lives
Fadime, in Remembrance
Sara: "Too Swedish" for a Right to Live
Pela, or History Repeats Itself
Honor
What Is Honor?
The Cross-Cultural Context of Honor Killing
Virginity, Virility, and Honor
Fadime's Case
At a Trial
Little Sister, Thirteen Years Old
A Mother's Story
Naive and Primitive?
Strength Born from Grief
Norwegian Lives
Intermission: Honor in the Courtroom
Nadia's Case: Another Question of Honor
The Zedini Case: Was Honor at Stake?
The Lorenskog Murder: Rethinking Honor
The Appeal
The Man in the Woods
The Mother
The Way Forward
Speaking in Parliament
Integration
At Stake: A Perception of Humanity
Reflections
Longing for the Family
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Notes
References

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