“Why Would I Hurt a Woman”?: The Absence of Honor Killing in Gibali Culture

  • Marielle Risse


This chapter examines how the absence of honor killing [a father or brother murdering a daughter or sister for sexual misconduct] in Gibali culture is a function of the importance of self-control and self-respect. Honor killing is often seen as a component of Arab/Muslim/tribal culture yet the Gibali community does not practice it. The chapter combine interviews with historical and anthropological research to show why daughters/sisters are not seen as ‘property’ to be killed by Gibali fathers/brothers for sexual transgressions. Gibali informants frame the issue as one of “self-respect” in that a person’s honor is within their own control, thus a woman who transgresses has hurt herself, not damaged her family to the point where only her death can “clean” the family/tribal honor.


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  • Marielle Risse
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  1. 1.Dhofar UniversitySalalahOman

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