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HBV and risk management

I was invited to present at a side-panel being held at the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in


In Australia, there is an event called the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, with some high-calibre contributors, like Salman Rushdie and Steven Pinker. One of the speakers they invited was one

A history of ‘honour’

This is another, far longer section of writing which was removed from my thesis after the advice of the examiners. It’s kind of a history of how ‘honour’-based violence may have

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Well (she says, updating her site for the first time in several, several years), looks like that idea that turned into a theory that turned into an obsession that turned into a doctorate has now finally turned into a book – a real one, with a cover image and an index and everything.

Now that my book is now in its final form, I have so many people to acknowledge. It was in 2005 that I first volunteered at IKWRO, already eager to understand at least something about how violence against women might be different within different family structures. So it is thanks to Diana Nammi, Kharman Adhim, Nazira Mehmari, Nezahat Cihan and many of the other women there that this book got its first wind.

The next stage was taking it through the PhD process with the generous support and wisdom from Dr Amanda Robinson and Professor Debbie Epstein.

Finally, it was accepted for publication at Rutgers University Press with the support of Lalaie Ameeriar and Peter Berta, and turned into an actual book through the work of Jasper Chang, Sherry Gerstein, and many other people in the publishing industry whose names I don’t know.

It’s a particularly fine-looking book due to Ronak Mohammed kindly allowing me to use her powerful artwork on the front cover. I should also thank my wonderful friend Deeyah Khan for writing a lovely foreword.

If you can’t read the tiny print in the image, the 30% off code is 02AAAA17 , and a link to the book on Rutgers site is available here.

One girl, three cows and a donkey

This blog was co-authored with my friend Janan Aljabiri using some of her work in Iraq and part of my thesis. The Fair Observer published it – changing the title to make it more SEO friendly – but since that’s not a consideration here, I’ll keep the original.

Iraq’s decline into chaos has led to the reemergence of compensation marriages to settle disputes between tribes.

The use of marriage as a means of averting blood-feuds and vendetta killings is ancient, found in texts from the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf to the 16th century Sharafnâma. Read more


It seems as if I’ve let the blog go quiet after finishing my PhD. Actually, I’ve been super-busy writing and working for Fuuse, and my new employer Deeyah Khan. This involved following up on the broadcast of Jihad, developing new projects and helping organise events. Please keep an eye on my Researchgate page if you’re interested in following my work!

‘Honour’ and the Political Economy of Marriage: My thesis is online!

I woke up and checked my messages to find out that my thesis has now been published online at ORCA. So, if anyone wants to read it, it’s downloadable as a (big-ass) pdf at this link. Read more

The making of the Mesopotamian sex class

Fourth and final part of my history sequence which was cut from my thesis!

Part one: A history of honour
Part two: The cradle of patriarchy
Part three: The castrated woman Read more