Year of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Type

Master of Arts (MA)

Degree Name


Department or School/College

Department of Anthropology

Committee Chair

Richard Sattler

Commitee Members

Hiltrud Arens, Mehrdad Kia


Anthropology, Cultural Identity, Europe, honor killing, Immigration, Integration, Islam


University of Montana


This Masters thesis combines a detailed review of the literature published on the practice of honor killing in Western countries, specifically among Muslim immigrant communities with a practical approach to combating the practice of honor killings that is culturally acceptable to the ethnic groups involved. This literature includes works on immigration and identity, concepts of honor and patriarchy, and the role of Islam plays in the perpetuation of honor killing in the West. The goals of this research are to: 1) examine the underlying social and cultural factors that contribute to the continuation of this practice; 2) analyze current social and legal actions being taken to combat the practice of honor killing and more generally honor related violence in Western countries; 3) provide an holistic understanding of honor killings to contribute to the current social and political movements to combat honor killings and honor related violence.

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