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Westerners Who Condemn So-Called "Honor Killings" Must Confront Gender Violence Within Their Own Culture

To consider honor killings in Muslim communities a crime unto itself overlooks the patriarchal roots of much of the intimate partner violence against women in the Western world.

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Nevertheless, the WHO acknowledges that the relationship between education and intimate-partner violence is rather complex: "In some cases, women who are becoming more educated and empowered face a greater risk of violence as their male partners try to regain control."

To consider honor killings within Muslim communities a crime unto itself overlooks the patriarchal roots of much of the intimate partner violence against women in the Western world. Moreover, associating it with a particular minority can offer authorities an alibi for turning a blind eye toward the broader issue of violence against women.

Anna Momigliano is an Italian journalist based in Milan. She has reported for Italian language publications from the Middle East, China and Africa and is the author of Karma Kosher, a reportage book about Israeli youth. She also writes about Italian affairs for American publications.