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Burned Alive

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When Souad was seventeen she fell in love. In her village, as in so many others, sex before marriage was considered a grave dishonour to ...
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Burned Alive is a recollection of an assortment of distant and choppy and clear and concise memories ranging from the 1980’s in the West Bank to 2002 “somewhere in Europe.” Souad is a victim of an honor crime and one of the first to ever publish her story let alone survive. At seventeen years of age, Souad was far past her prime when it came to getting married - normally girls have had multiple children at her age. Souad soon falls in love unexpectedly and gets pregnant. However a fling out of wedlock and even more so a child is so looked down upon in her society that an act like this is punishable by death. Now the man she is in love with refuses to marry her and she is stuck hiding a growing belly from her family that she knows will kill her once they find out what she has done. She can only hide her rapidly changing body for so long until her family notices and they decide to “take care of her.” Now stuck in the hospital suffering from third-degree burns with no one willing to treat her, she is left alone to die a miserable death. A woman named Jacqueline removes her from this hell she is left to die in and ultimately saves her, but the real challenge occurs when she is forced to assimilate into a life where no one has received a punishment like hers. Souad is a scarred woman forced to walk among people who would never understand them, a struggle more challenging than anything she has ever faced.

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My Forbidden Face

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Born into a middle-class Afghan family in Kabul in 1980, Latifa had a conventional childhood. Then, Taliban soldiers seized power in Kabu...
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I would read this book because I have always been curious about why women have to cover themselves completely in Eastern European world regions and the laws behind it. I'm also curious as to whether the majority of the women obey this law because they have to or because they want to. We live in a world where women don't have to worry about having their rights taken away or being brutally murdered for not covering themselves up - this book seems to give insight into the exact opposite world, something I would like to know more about without having to necessarily experience it firsthand. 

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Disappearance, then discovery leads to 'honor killing' outrage

Disappearance, then discovery leads to 'honor killing' outrage | Petrova West Bank | Scoop.it
When Ayah Baradiyya stepped out of the door of the large house she shared with her parents and 12 siblings more than a year ago, her parents could not have known this would be the last time they would see their daughter alive.
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This article is important because it exposes honor killings and the brutality of men towards the women in their families. A woman’s death is covered up as a disappearance and more than a year later her body is found only to be discovered that she was murdered, and more importantly she was a part of an honor killing. The significance of this is that women are being murdered by their fathers, brothers, uncles, etc. every day and nothing is being done about it; their deaths are even being covered up and categorized as disappearances. However, this article speaks out on the outrage of a family who has been a part of this heinous act.

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Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think

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Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think explores the expertly gathered opinions of Muslims around the globe as revealed in the world’s first...
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This documentary is important because it addresses the differences between the Western and Islamic world such as the rights between women and men, religion, and most importantly it addresses political issues between the two nations such as 9/11 and the level of respect and understanding between the two countries when it comes to the differences between these two worlds and the wedge dividing them. This documentary was especially interesting because it used statistics from a study group and it took into account the points of view of people of numerous backgrounds so the bias is limited, if not virtually nonexistent.

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SURGIR Foundation

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"The ARISE Foundation is active against customary violence suffered by women around the world such as honor killings and forced marriages."

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This organization fights violence against women, and more specifically, helps women who are subject to criminal/abusive tradition. The most important aspect of this organization is that they help women escape abuse wherever they are in the world and whatever their condition may be. The people who help save these women put themselves in immense danger every day in attempt to save them from the harm that they have endured.

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Map of the West Bank

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The West Bank is a territory which shares boundaries with Isreal, Jordan, and the Dead Sea. Currently the sole proprietor of the area is under negotiation between Isreal and Jordan which has led to an enormous battle between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The West Bank is now under Israeli military control and fairly dangerous. 

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Saira Liaqat, a survivor of an honor crime.

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http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/5019/will-you-help-acid-burn-victims-smile-again/

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Saira Liaqat was married to a relative in her teens, however she was only to live with him once she finished school. Soon he proved to be abusive much like the men in Souad's story, and after demanding she drop out of school, he arrived at her house and poured acid on her as a punishment for not obeying him. She has had 18 surgical procedures thus far but she will always have her scars as a reminder. Fortunately, she recieved help from the founder of a well-known salon chain in Pakistan and she is now working her dream job as a beautician, but most women are not as lucky as Saira - most don't make it out alive.

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Violence Against Palestinian Women Is Increasing, Study Says.(Foreign Desk)(''A Question of Security: Violence against Palestinian Women and Girls")

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This article is important because it reports on the increasing violence on women in the Palestinian region. This article exposes the “discriminatory laws, traditional practices, and severe shortages of emergency shelters” for women seeking relief from their abusive families. According to the article, “there is some evidence that the level of violence is getting worse while the remedies available to the victim are being further eroded” and, most importantly, that “the problem is that no one sees this abuse as a crime… it is seen as a family or social problem and some behavior is not even criminalized.” Often, when women go to the police they put themselves in even more danger because the police is advised to not get involved in honor crimes, which usually results in the women being returned to the attacker. Furthermore this article gives advice on how the Palestinian authority can combat this and aid in the advancement of women’s rights.

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Islamic Law of Marriage

Islamic Law of Marriage, Muslim Marriage Rules Prove Shari'ah Must Never Be Domesticated in America, proxy marriages, polygamy, temporary marriages, Shia Mut'a, Sunni Misyar, concubines, corporal punishment, marital rape, Islamic divorce...
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This article is important because it explains the laws of marriage and divorce in Islamic law and religion which are extremely complicated and intricate and how Islam marriage is from Christian and Western practice. One major difference explained is the idea that Western marriage is based on monogamy while Islamic marriages allow polygamy – men are allowed to marry up to 4 women. Another important point is that marriages are arranged also unlike Christian marriages. Mainly, this article is important because it shows how in Islamic law and religion the laws for marriage are all listed and must be followed to the dot while in Christianity and Western practice the values and “rules” followed in a marriage are usually determined mostly by the couple itself.

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Women for Women International | Helping Women Survivors of War Rebuild Their Lives

Women for Women International | Helping Women Survivors of War Rebuild Their Lives | Petrova West Bank | Scoop.it
Help women move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency. Support Women for Women International today.
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This foundation works with “socially excluded women in eight countries where war and conflict have devastated lives and communities.” In this foundation, women enroll in a 1-year program where they learn vocational skills and receive related training in order to learn how to work for themselves and create a successful life on their own. Most importantly, this organization educates women on their rights that they most likely did not know they naturally possessed as a woman as well as those which were oppressively taken away from them.

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