By Jamie Glazov
June 10, 2005
Today we are witnessing the globalization of honor killing, as the West has become the perpetual scene of immigrant Arab women being murdered by their immigrant families. A distinguished panel joins us today to discuss what causes this violence against women, how it is directly connected to the terror war, and why the Western Left is so deafeningly silent about a mass crime that violates one of its supposed sacred values. Our guests today:
Seyran Ates, a lawyer for family and criminal law and a women’s rights activist in Germany. She has written two books, Wo Gehören Wir Hin? (Where Do We Belong?) and Große Reise ins Feuer, (Big Travel to Fire), both of which deal with her life and the ingredients of the typical Turkish girl’s and women’s life as an immigrant in Germany.
Dr. Gudrun Eussner, an economic and social expert in international development programmes with long-term experience in the Middle East;
Dr. Nancy Kobrin, affiliated professor to the University of Haifa, Arabist, psychoanalyst and author of the upcoming book, The Sheikh’s New Clothes: Islamic Suicide Terror and What It’s Really All About;
Dr. Hans-Peter Raddatz, a scholar of Islamic Studies and author of two books on the subject of women in Islam, Allahs Schleier - die Frau im Kampf der Kulturen (Allah’s Veil - Women in the Clash of Civilization) and Allahs Frauen - Djihad zwischen Demokratie und Scharia (Allah’s Women - Jihad Between Democracy and Sharia);
FP: Dr. Gudrun Eussner, Dr. Nancy Kobrin, Dr. Hans-Peter Raddatz and Seyran Ates, welcome to Frontpage Symposium.
Hatin Surucu is Berlin’s latest victim of “honor” killing. We would like to dedicate this symposium to her memory. Let’s take a moment of silence to think about Hatin and all the persecuted women that she represents under the tyrannical structures of gender apartheid.
(moment of silence)
Dr. Raddatz, let me begin with you.
Let’s start with a little quick overview of this tragic and frightening phenomenon. Why are the occurrence of honor killings rising in Europe and in the rest of the West and from what dark sources does this terrible misogynist crime stem?
Raddatz: In the first two volumes of the new UN-sponsored ‘Encyclopaedia of Women in Islamic Cultures’ (EWIC) mostly female authors contribute to the subject of power and violence executed by men over and against women. Some of them arrive at very interesting results. They show that over the centuries the jurists and theologians of Islam have widened the rules of the Qur’an and Islamic tradition into an unlimited licence, some sort of blank cheque, for men to handle women as they deem appropriate. Legally, women appear as beings between personal subjects and material objects. Therefore, they are at the disposal of their husbands who are entitled to the unlimited usage of their bodies. Marriage is a contract - as literally expressed in some countries - “to use the sexual organ” for reproduction and personal pleasure. The human rights of sexual self-determination and choice of husband are widely unknown and rare exceptions in practical life.
So the uniting band of all Islamic cultures is simultaneously the top human right in Islam. It is male and comprises the authority of husbands as well as fathers and brothers who guard what they call the “chastity” of their daughters and sisters. Veiling and domestic arrest secure the so-called “honor” which then equals the human right to female obedience, unlimited readiness for sexual intercourse and punishment in case of disobedience. For the Western mind this is seen as violent abuse, but in Muslim law it forms one of the central regulations securing not only the “honor” but the Islamic state as such. This leads to the first question of why violence and “honor killings” are currently increasing to an alarming extent, not only in the West but also and particularly in the Islamic region. . . .