Academic Catalog 2019–2020

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IGS744C Crimes of Honor

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course sheds light on the phenomenon of crimes of honor where issues related to its value and meanings are debated. It also highlights the approaches of the United Nations to such crimes and the role of “community discourse” in combating these crimes. It uses examples from the Arab world (Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, the Kurds, etc.) as well as Pakistan. The course also gives examples of case studies of honor killings in the West and Latin America. The course also discusses different initiatives across the Arab world that have brought the issue to light and attempted to put an end to this issue by changing the existing laws or annulling them.