The Problem of Honor Killings

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi writes: “it is incumbent on human rights organizations working in the Muslim world to put pressure on Islamic religious authorities to denounce unequivocally the practice of honor killings, discuss openly and honestly the religious basis that condones the custom, and work to formulate a reformed interpretation of core Islamic texts that teaches why honor killings are wrong from a religious viewpoint, all of which will end impediments to introducing stricter legal punishments for honor killings in Muslim countries; similarly, women’s rights groups based in the West should encourage Muslim advocacy groups and religious leaders who serve Muslim communities in the West to do the same.”