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Honor: A Murder in the United Arab Emirates

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“Al Ain Appeal Court upheld the execution sentence of the Jordanian man after it found him guilty of killing Palestinian Eman Ibrahim Kagila…” from 7Days in Dubai

Over four years ago a friend and former student of mine from when I taught in the UAE, Ceza (a pseudonym), told me her friend, Eman, had been murdered. This became a catalyst for my work-in-progress about Islam, from the fatwa against Salman Rushdie to now, and the role Muslim women play in the future of the world; as well, this led me to write for the Karachi based Express Tribune. Excerpts of my work-in-progress are forthcoming or in these print literary journals: Harpur Palate, New Madrid, Pleiades, and Whiskey Island Magazine. And online, The Doctor T.J. Eckleberg Review recently published “Honor,” an essay introducing Ceza:


Sharaf – الشرف

“It is what is called a crime of honor, Jamirat el Sharaf,
and for the men of my region it is not considered a crime.” – Souad…more

Written by Caleb Powell

January 26, 2015 at 9:43 am

Posted in Islam

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