Honour Killings In Pakistan: Under Theoretical, Legal and Religious Perspectives

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Publication 1-year master student thesis
Title Honour Killings In Pakistan: Under Theoretical, Legal and Religious Perspectives
Author(s) Zia Ullah, Muhammad
Date 2010
English abstract
This research sets out to examine the main excuses, often mentioned in connection to the so-called “honour killings” in Pakistan. In this way, the aim is to discuss the idea of “honour killings” by looking at trends and patterns in this kind of homicides in Pakistan. This study also explores what legal and judicial obstacles stand in the way of putting an end to the abuse of killing women in the name of honour. The first part is mainly theoretical and analytical. In this part a set of concepts is theorized as the notion of patriarchy, public/private division and cultural globalization. These theories test the empirical data of “honour killing” in the last decade and try to find their role in the society of Pakistan. This study also analyzes the “honour killing” cases in a different way by telling stories. Second part contributes to the research regarding Islam the official religion of Pakistan. This section mainly concerns the status of women in Islam and their rights of life and free will to choose their spouses. This study also tries to remove the misconception in the minds of the West regarding Islamic teachings towards women. This study proceeds mainly under the qualitative method with the supplementary help of quantitative method. At the end, the thesis bears some finding under the abductive technique. The results show that the tested theories have a significant role in upholding the ancient practice of “honour killings” in Pakistan, and Qur’aanic and Prophetic Islam has no link with the abuse of “honour killing” in general. It is ancient tribal phenomena that have entered in some cultural norms of the society.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Honour killings, Pakistan, Islam, family, Women, Patriarchy, Public/Private Division, Excuses, Reasons, Cultural Globalization, Laws, Tribal, Customs, Traditions.
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/10419 (link to this page)

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