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    DescriptionIn 2002, young Fadime Sahindal was brutally murdered by her own father. She belonged to a family of Kurdish immigrants who had lived in Sweden for almost two decades. But Fadime's relationship with a man outside of their community had deeply dishonored her family, and only her death could remove the stain. This abhorrent crime shocked the world, and her name soon became a rallying cry in the struggle to combat so-called honor killings.Unni Wikan narrates Fadime's heartbreaking story through her own eloquent words, along with the testimonies of her father, mother, and two sisters. What unfolds is a tale of courage and betrayal, loyalty and love, power and humiliation, and a nearly unfathomable clash of cultures. Despite enduring years of threats over her emancipated life, Fadime advocated compassion for her killers to the end, believing them to be trapped by an unyielding code of honor. Wikan puts this shocking event in context by analyzing similar honor killings, which are increasing throughout Europe and have now been reported in Canada and the United States. She also examines the concept of honor in historical and cross-cultural depth, concluding that Islam itself is not to blame - indeed, honor killings occur across religious and ethnic traditions - but rather the way that many cultures have resolutely linked honor with violence."In Honor of Fadime" holds profound and timely insights into Islamic culture, but ultimately the heart of this powerful book is Fadime's courageous and tragic story - and Wikan's telling of it is riveting.

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    In Honor of Fadime
    Murder and Shame
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Unni Wikan, Translated by Anna Paterson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 314
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    ISBN 13: 9780226896861
    ISBN 10: 0226896862

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    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    01 May 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Unni Wikan is professor of social anthropology at the University of Oslo and the author of nine books. Her most recent work in English is Generous Betrayal: Politics of Culture in the New Europe, also published by the University of Chicago Press. Anna Paterson is the author of Scotland's Landscape: Endangered Icon.
    Review quote
    "Wikan does a superb job of opening our minds and hearts to a world we have not known." - San Francisco Chronicle "Extremely readable and often resonantly intimate." - Publishers Weekly "Thanks to Wikan's skill, readers are plunged into the dense reality of a third-world society facing chronic poverty, yet maintaining a strong sense of family, community, and self-respect. By chronicling [this] family with compassion and leading readers to feel the same, Wikan has gracefully accomplished the book's goal - to begin to forge a better world." - Kirkus Reviews"