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A Paradox of Honor

Hopes and Perspectives of Muslim-American Women, 1st Edition

By Tayeba Shaikh, Jennifer M. Ossege, Richard W. Sears


78 pages

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pub: 2018-04-20
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Based on original interviews of 22 Muslim-American women of South Asian descent on the topics of honor and honor killings, this book examines honor and culture, and their intersections with power, tradition, gender, family, and religion. Additionally, it incorporates an autoethnographic approach describing the author’s journey to Pakistan to create a personal narrative throughout. This volume offers a unique perspective that allows for informed exploration and description of Muslim-American women’s attitudes and beliefs surrounding the practice of killing women and girls in order to regain family honor.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: New Lights in Familiar Places: Autoethnography

Chapter 2: When Morals Mean Murder: The Reality and Prevalence of Honor Killing

Chapter 3: Exposure: The Role of Media: Mainstream Media is a Primary Resource of Information Regarding Honor Killings for Muslim American Women

Chapter 4: Liberation through Education: Education is an Essential Component to End Honor Killings

Chapter 5: Religion Matters: Religion is Considered a Foundation for Instilling Values and Morals

Chapter 6: Blurred Lines: Religion, Culture and Tradition are Concepts that are Deeply Interwoven and are Difficult to Differentiate

Chapter 7: A Multitude of Meanings: The Term Respect was Used in Place of Honor in the Home

Chapter 8: Calibrating the Compass of Self: Self-Respect is an Integral Part of Learning How to be Honorable

Chapter 9: Honor is Thicker than Blood: Family is a Core Value when Discussing the Concept of Honor

Chapter 10: Emerging Hope: Summary & Conclusions

About the Authors

About the Authors

Tayeba Shaikh is a clinical psychologist in the New York City area, and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Cincinnati and Union Institute and University, United States.

Jennifer M. Ossege is a clinical psychologist and owner of Viewpoint Psychological Services in Northern Kentucky, and Adjunct Faculty at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and Faculty at Union Institute and University, United States.

Richard W. Sears is Director of the Center for Clinical Mindfulness and is an associate professor at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, United States.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Ethnopsychology
RELIGION / Islam / General
RELIGION / Psychology of Religion
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Islamic Studies