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published: Sep 2019
publisher: Greystone Books Ltd

Inside an Honor Killing

A Father and a Daughter Tell Their Story

by Lene Wold, narrator Victoria Verzosa

tagged: islamic studies


A shockingly intimate look at the world of honor killings, as seen through the eyes of both the perpetrator and the victim.

What drives a person to murder their sister, mother, or daughter? What is life like in a society in which women are imprisoned for their own “protection,” while their potential killers walk free?

In this powerful and affecting book, writer and journalist Lene Wold offers a rare window into the world of “honor killings” — the controversial practice that sees more than five thousand women murdered at the hands of close relatives each year, all to restore their family’s reputation. Wold spent more than five years in Jordan, visiting prisons and mosques, reviewing newspapers and judicial archives, and interviewing imams, village elders, and other locals to understand these violent acts. But she also spoke with the killers themselves, including a man who murdered his mother and daughter and attempted to kill his other daughter. In Inside an Honor Killing, Wold shares what she learned, weaving a shocking tale of honor killing told from the perpetrators’ perspective as well as the victim’s.


About the Authors

Lene Wold

Victoria Verzosa

Contributor Notes

Lene Wold is an investigative journalist, an activist for Amnesty International, and a writer who has worked for the Independent and the Centre for Investigative Journalism in England. She has an MA in Journalism from Goldsmiths, University of London, has a BA in Development Studies from the University of Oslo, and has studied Arabic in Lebanon and Jordan. Wold has lived and worked as a freelancer in the Middle East and today resides in Oslo, Norway.

Editorial Review


“Readers with interests in global feminism, LGBTQ issues, human rights, or contemporary Middle Eastern culture will want to take a look at this sincere quest to understand the phenomenon.”— Publishers Weekly


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