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Honour Killing: Dilemma, Ritual, Understanding

  • Author: Amir H. Jafri
  • ISBN: 9780199401086
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Format: Paperback – 172 pages
  • Language: English

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Honour killing is a premeditated killing of a girl or woman who is perceived to have besmirched her family’s honour by her sexual conduct. It is committed by the accused woman’s male kin in the name of restoring the family’s honour. The genesis of honour killing is deeply rooted in history and has been linked by various scholars with ascendant patriarchal structures in human societies. It is not peculiar to particular geographical regions or belief systems. A large number of honour killings have been reported, whether in the past or currently, from the Mediterranean region and Latin American and some Muslim societies. Pakistan has one of the highest incidences of honour killing in the contemporary world but scholarly research conducted on the subject has been extremely limited.

This book explores the various contexts in which men commit honour killing in Pakistan, and analyses the discourses that deal with it. As a hermeneutic and critical study, Honour Killing borrows from theorists and philosophers as diverse as Gebser, Foucault, Barthes, Riceour, Gramsci, Said, and Spivak. Contextualizing and analysing the various representative discourses in Pakistan, it comes to some understanding of the possible cultural, religious, and historical reasons that create the exigency for men to kill a female member of their own family. It looks at honour killing as a message in several contexts of Pakistani national life and analyses how these messages are communicated and towards what rhetorical ends.

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Amir Hamid Jafri earned degrees in Engineering, Business Management, and Rhetoric from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore; the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, USA; and the University of Texas Pan-American, Edinburg, USA. During the course of his doctoral studies at the University of Oklahoma, he read Hermeneutics with Professor Eric Kramer—and it was during the course of their reading of the German philosopher Jean Gebser’s The Ever-Present Origin, that Amir started exploring and working towards an understanding of the sedimented nature of the genesis of honour killing. Gebser’s theory of structures of human consciousness provided him with elaborate elucidations of the vexing dilemma. Honour Killing is a reworking of the original doctoral dissertation submitted to the Graduate Faculty at the University of Oklahoma. During the last dozen or so years, Amir had taught various topics under the rubrics of Communication, Culture, Gender, and Rhetoric at the University of Texas, the University of Oklahoma, and Davis & Elkins College, USA.

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