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February 8, 2010
Examining the motives behind traditional honor killings

In Turkey, there is an average of about one honor killing per week.

To understand more about this troubling issue, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Gönül Tol, director of the Center for Turkish Studies at the Middle East Institute.

Tol says the practice of honor killing is on the rise, and analyzes the social and legal implications of this traditional practice.




These are people that want to develop nuclear (noo-klee-ur) power. I wonder how many of these cretins kill their wives because they are just tired of them or maybe they’ve gained a little more weight for their taste. If they can’t honor their commitment to marriage and want to kill their wives instead of working it out, what makes us think they can be trusted with nuclear power?


@Martel Martel:
You are absolutely right. 60,00 Kashmiri Muslims who want freedom from India have indeed been killed by the Indian Army of over 70000 men that is permanently stationed in Kashmir. You should not distort facts. The Ten commandments prevent us lying. Unless you are from India and not a high cast Hindu.

No religious book will tell you to kill. Quran shares its stories with the old and new testament and tells the same stories of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Lot and Jesus.
Any verse from any holy book can be translated or interpreted out of contest.
Once again every religion wants you to do what the ten commandments tell us. The Quran is no different. Most of its instructions are in the context of Arabia of 1400 years ago and do not apply to today’s world. Just like we no longer have a tooth for a tooth and eye for an eye, limb for a limb law as narrated to his followers by Abraham when he was elaborating on the ten commandments similarly in islam these punishments no longer apply and should be disbanded.
The answer is not to condemn all Muslims. The United States must ask Saudi Arabia whose brand of Theocratic Islam the Taliban and Al-Qaeeda follow to embrace a moderate brand of Islam. They must give freedom of religion to their people and allow the women to drive. Sharia laws do not belong in the constitution of any country and there must be complete separation of state.

In today’s age you cannot have laws where a man can have up to four wives and divorce at will.
Also making the women to wear a Darth Vader outfit and not allow her to go out alone is also crazy.
If Saudi Arabia –the land of the 9/11 hijackers changes its ways the rest of the Muslim world will follow. This is because Saudi Arabia is the financier of most extremist movements abroad.


If memory serves correctly, ZORBA THE GREEK had a similar plot line (that is, about honor killings). There was sort of a Sisyphean ending to the movie, not unlike the author’s THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST. It would be interesting to hear the perspective of some anthropologists on this.

I remember going to school with a girl who once bragged that she had tickets to Michael Jackson’s Victory Tour and that her older sister was marrying some minor celebrity named O.J. Simpson. Some things are sort of eternal mysteries.


Yes ,all these “Honor Killings” are of ignorance,…but not only specifically subjugated to the Qu’ran (Islam was founded with the utmost reverence to Jesus Christ, Moses,and Buddha by Muhammed)? If one would read the “Holy Bible” (Christian’s Vatican interpretation always in flux?),and or the “Torah” (Jewish “Talmud’s” fluid interpretation oscilating esoterically towards isolation) you could/would presume that “Social Injustice to the Fairer Sex” has never descriminated from the onset. Just look at Israel’s treatment today of women,and the murders of woman in America that make Turkey seem small in scale if you unmask the truth of calling “Honor Killings” for what they really are,cowardly acts of violence by “Murder”,period! PS. Lastly,…what gives the Catholic Church the right to keep Priest from marrying?


DOMINAT THE WOMEN…for them to have great fear !
…One is better to have been left an orpan ?


It is the root cause of this honor killings of women across the entire Muslim world that needs to be exposed, not just some social and legal implications of this traditional practice in one country.

Fact is most of Islamic countries want to live in and are living in Islamic Sultanates of medieval times as preached by Prophet Mohammed’s Koran.

That is why Karzai had to deport an Afghan laborer to Italy for converting to Christianity.

That is why there was an honor killing of a woman in Pakistan for having been raped by her father-in-law.

That is why churches are being bombed in Malaysia for using the word ’Allah’ for Jesus Christ.

That is why a Hindu boy in Kashmir was tortured and killed for marrying a Muslim girl.

That is why 9/11 attacks happened.

That is why more than 60,000 civilians have been killed by Islamic terrorist attacks in India.

The examples are too innumerable to list but the long and short of it is religion Islam wants to freeze time in seventh century when Mohammed first expounded it in Qu’ran. Following are some of the quotations from that holy book:

Qur’an calls on Muslims to wage jihad against non-Muslims 2:191, 2:193, 4:66, 4:84, 5:33, 8:12, 8:15-18, 8:39, 8:59-60, 8:65, 9:2, 9:5, 9:14, 9:29, 9:39, 9:73, 9:111, 9:123, 25:52, 37:22-23, 47:4, 48:29, 69:30.
Qur’an promotes jihad against the non-Muslims by glorifying it 2:216, 9:41, 49:15, or by promising lust in paradise to Shaheeds (martyrs) who die in such a war 3:142, 3:157, 9:20.
Qur’an promises hell to non-Muslims 3:85, 4:56, 5:37, 5:72, 8:55, 9:28, 15:2, 21:98, 22:19, 22:56, 25:17, 25:55, 29:53, 31:13, 66:9, 68:10, 72:14.
Qur’an warns Muslims against mixing with non-Muslims 2:21, 3:28, 3:118, 5:144, 9:7, 9:28, 58:23, 60:4.


And these are the kind of people we are supposed to make peace with in the world. The ways they have are sick. To treat a woman that way is just horrible. I suppose it makes them feel like big men.


All that really exists of the Cheshire cat is a smile — nothing of substance just a fool hiding behind a name


The only country in the world that should practice honor killings is the U.S. There are too many dishonourable people(both males and females) in the U.S.

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