The West Must Stand with Muslim Feminists Against Sexual Violence

I was recently asked to advise a young Arab Muslim woman on her doctoral dissertation. Her work concerned violence against women—honor killings in particular. I said it would be my “honor” to do so. However, this feminist, from a wealthy family, made the mistake of announcing her intentions to her family. They—her husband, father, brothers–stopped her and gave her a choice: Leave graduate school or work on another subject entirely. (I am purposely not identifying the country she lives in).



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