Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

Every year, hundreds of women and girls are murdered in the Middle East by male family members. The honor killing -- the execution of a female family member for perceived misuse of her sexuality -- is a thorny social and political issue. Palestinian activists campaigning for equality find it difficult to stop the killings altogether. Legitimacy for such murders stems from a complex code of honor ingrained in the consciousness of some sectors of Palestinian society.

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How to cite this article:

Suzanne Ruggi "Commodifying Honor in Female Sexuality," Middle East Report 206 (Spring 1998).