I didn't intend to start out the week's blogging with such a depressing subject, but this story about the victim of a honor killing in Britain is heartbreakingly important. Its' footnote also addresses the necessary division of these type of crimes from religion:
An obsession with gender and status, and its corollary, the assertion of masculine power through violence, is by no means exclusively Islamic. Sikhs in Britain and India, and Christians in the Middle East, have also been involved in honour killings, and dowry-murders have taken place among Hindus. Rather than being a direct result of Islamic teachings, these killings are really the sharp end of a patriarchal system that crosses religious boundaries, and in which a woman’s reproductive potential is regarded as family property.
Seems as good a time as any to mention that Nothing but Red, an anthology of writing and art about violence against women inspired by another honor killing case, has extended their submission deadline until December 1. Visit their website to read how you can submit your own work.