Palestinian woman in burqa in Gaza City
In February 2012, we posted on the arrest of an Iraqi émigré family in Phoenix for an attempted honor killing of their daughter:
But it is not just Canada and the US in the West, honor shame violence has even occurred down under. That was revealed in a recent incident involving the savage beating of a Muslim teenager reported in The New Zealand Herald, “Burqa hid injuries of teen repeatedly bashed – police”.
Chesler knows about the potential violence committed against Muslim women first hand. As a young American Jewish bride of an Afghan Muslim husband she was virtually imprisoned in a polygamous Afghan Muslim household after her US passport was taken away from her upon arrival in Kabul. She cites that episode from five decades ago as a motivating factor behind her career as a prominent feminist and opponent of Sharia honor shame violence, often hidden behind burqas. Chesler reveals this defining moment of her Afghan experience in a recently published memoir, An American Bride in Kabul. We will publish both a review of Chesler’s latest book and an interview with the author in the January 2014 New English Review.