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Honor Lost: Love and Death in Modern-Day Jordan Hardcover – January 1, 2003


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  • Hardcover: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Atria; First Edition edition (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743448782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743448789
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,220,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For this reason, I cannot believe Dalia's `love story' just because she said so in her book.
"ammani_ali"
And this is where this book weakness lies: The author has offered NO hard evidence about Michael's existence or about his supposed love for Dalia.
Daniel
Honor Killing is not a muslim tradition, it is an Arabic tradition that existed before Islam.
Ola

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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Paul on July 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I�d like to share with your readers some of my findings about this book, if I may. Thank you.
The author claims in her book (a claim repeated in her review of Queen Noor�s book �Leap of Faith�) that many Jordanian women are in jail for their own protection as they fear that they might be killed by their families. As an Australian of Jordanian descent, I know for a fact that it is indeed true and I believe that it shouldn�t happen as it is plain injustice that we should all fight.
But, by writing so in her book, the author shot unknowingly herself in the foot because, if she was REALLY threatened with death by her OWN family for 5 years, why didn�t she seek the jail�s protection against her family�s �death threat� like the other women? Quite the opposite, she spent the last FIVE YEARS of her life in Jordan AT HOME not in jail �in fear of her family�!
This is yet another undeniable proof that there was NO death threat made against her by her family. In fact, as two reviewers already noticed, her family belongs to a social upper class that does not believe in honour killing. Somehow, she �forgot� to mention this fact in her book. One wonders why!
If her family REALLY threatened her with death, she would have headed towards the nearest prison asking for protection, the VERY SAME day the threat was made. Something she didn�t do for FIVE WHOLE YEARS, by deciding to stay at home. So much for that �death threat�! Also a death threat that remains active for 5 years is just laughable.
I am therefore sad to say that this book is a pack of lies, written for a gullible and perhaps prejudiced western readership. This �death threat� claim and episode is just another illustrative example of the tendency of this book to be caught increasingly in the web of its own lies.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Edelman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Positive, even glowing reviews have been written in the NYT Book Review and elsewhere about this woman's brave attmept to tell a story that needs to be told. Sure, her prose isn't the greatest, and she stumbles at times, but what a story!

Unfortunately, it's all a complete fabrication. Khouri created a fictional potboiler and had a lot of people fooled. And the great pity of it is that women *are* treated as second class citizens in that part of the world, that family honor killings *do* take place, in countries like Saudi Arabia and elsewhere, and Khouri's fabrications will only serve to cast doubt on the real stories.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Noorana T. on June 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I read a summary about this book in Australian's Women Weekly Mag and felt great deal of sympathy towards the author and her friend, so I went online and bought the book instantly.
21 pages is the maximum I could go with this book, I could not take the lies in it anymore. As a matter of fact, I believe it should enter the Guiness books of records as "the publication with the largest number of lies ever"!. Norma, maybe this will get you more fame, which is obviously the only reason why you wrote this book.
With all due respect to the people who liked this book, I think you should travel to Jordan before deciding that it was a good book and from the first sight, you will understand that it is all lies.
Being half Jordanian myself, I never saw anything that the author describes in Jordan at this age and time, is it the same Jordan we are talking about?
My suggestion to those reading this review, dont waste your money on a book like this, it is not real and not fun to read at all. The summary written above is all what the book is about.
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Laura Samir Haddad on July 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I, a Jordanian-American also a devoted supporter of women's rights and development in the region, was quite disappointed with this book. While most of us agree with Norma that the legal and cultural justifications for honour killings are wrong, we should not go about educating ourselves and others by fostering stereotypes which degrade Islam and Arabs in general. Such seemed to be the case as I read through Honor Lost. While Norma in some ways painted a vivid picture of Jordan by describing its geographic landscape and food, in other ways she merely generalizes and essentializes life in Jordan to a prison and suggests that Arab women are oppressed while western women are liberated. While her life and that of her friend may have been as she described, she cannot assume although she does that this is the life of all women in Jordan. Just like in the West, the Middle East is diverse, not all women live the same. Norma failed to mention the night life in Jordan which includes not only elite women, and that most Muslim men and women in Jordan shake hands and eat together (she writes otherwise). Norma also attacked Islam by selectively citing from the Qur'an, stating that it supported honor killings. In actuality Islam does not openly support honor killings any more than Christianity does. One can selectively cite from the Bible as well to suggest that it is inherently oppressive to women. Also, Jordanians today do not adhere to the Islamic laws of Saudi Arabia, for example, but you would never know that from reading this book. Her numerous references to Muslims reminded me (as a Christian myself) of the discriminatory comments I hear from Arab Christians (and others) about Muslims - she just repeated what she probably heard all her life about Islam to justify the 'superiority' of her religion.Read more ›
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