Stories Of Men Who KilledBook - 2008
In Honour Killing, Ayse Onal conducts interviews with men convicted of killing their mothers, sisters, and daughters. The result is a fascinating, revealing, and ultimately tragic account of ruined lives—of both the victims and the murderers.
With an introduction by Joan Smith contextualizing honor killings both in Turkey and elsewhere in Europe and the Middle East.
Ayse Onal is an award-winning journalist who has reported on Turkish politics, organized crime, and conflicts in the Middle East for over two decades. For ten years, she was blacklisted by the Turkish state and could not write or work for the Turkish media until the political embargo was lifted in 2005.
Honour killing persists across the Middle East, where regimes refrain from tackling primitive traditions for fear of sparking unrest. The author looks at the specific case of Turkey, where state and religion conspire to hush up the killing of hundreds of women every year. She presents an account of ruined lives, both the victims' and the killers'.
Onal, a noted political journalist, tackles the subject of "honor killing" in the Middle East, and how modern governments deal with traditional religious beliefs and customs that seem barbaric in this day and age. The author uses interviews of Turkish men imprisoned for killing female family members to show the personal conflict and tragedy that results, especially the law appears hypocritical toward these issues. Written in a clear journalistic style, this account will appeal to those wishing to know more about Middle East culture, and how belief systems can vary profoundly throughout the world. Distributed in the US by Consortium. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Blackwell North Amer
Honour killing persists across the Middle East, where regimes refrain from tackling primitive traditions for fear of sparking unrest.
Ayse Onal interviewed imprisoned men in Turkey convicted of killing their mothers, sisters and daughters. The result is a revealing and ultimately tragic account of ruined lives - both the victims' and the killers' - in a country where state and religion conspire to hush up the killing of hundreds of women every year.