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Honour and Violence

Gender, Power and Law in Southern Pakistan

Nafisa Shah

302 pages, 34 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-081-0 $110.00/£78.00 Hb Published (October 2016)

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“This is an extremely impressive achievement that makes a significant and substantial contribution to the ethnography of Pakistan and to the broader field of legal anthropology.” · Hastings Donnan, Queen's University of Belfast

“This landmark study offers a new perspective for understanding and dealing with honour-related violence, demonstrating that honour does not lead to violence but that such violence is strategy ‘masked in honour’.” · Alison Shaw, University of Oxford

“[Shah] presents her argument with fluency, creativity, and a rare humanistic sensitivity. This has all of the elements that allow a study to age into a classic.” · Mohammad Talib, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

The practice of karo kari allows family, especially fathers, brothers and sons, to take the lives of their daughters, sisters and mothers if they are accused of adultery. This volume examines the central position of karo kari in the social, political and juridical structures in Upper Sindh, Pakistan. Drawing connections between local contests over marriage and resources, Nafisa Shah unearths deep historical processes and power relations. In particular, she explores how the state justice system and informal mediations inform each other in state responses to karo kari, and how modern law is implicated in this seemingly ancient cultural practice.

Nafisa Shah is a member of the National Assembly, the Lower House of the Parliament of Pakistan. Shah began her public life as a journalist, later studying social and cultural anthropology at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford, where she received her D.Phil in 2011.

Subject: General Anthropology Gender Studies
Area: Asia



Contents

List of Figures, Maps and Tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
Note on Sindhi Language and Transliteration
List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Honour Violence, Law and Power in Upper Sindh

PART I: A FRONTIER OF HONOUR VIOLENCE - THE PROBLEM OF KARO KARI IN UPPER SINDH

Chapter 1. Ghairat, Karo kari and the Spectacles of Violence: How Men and Women Become Black
Chapter 2. Honour Violence, Law and Moral Power in Colonial Sindh

PART II: HONOUR, MORAL POWER AND LAW - MIRRORING OF LAW IN THE FORMS OF VIOLENCE

Chapter 3. Karo kari, Wali and Family Violence: Cultural Violence Mirroring Law
Chapter 4. Violence, Kin Groups and the Feud: The Making of Frontier Justice

PART III: NORMALISING VIOLENCE - THE EVERY DAY WORLD OF UPPER SINDH

Chapter 5. Mediations on the Frontier: Ceremonies of Justice, Ceremonies of Faislo and the Ideology of Kheerkhandr
Chapter 6. The Criminal Justice and ‘Legal’ Contests of Honour: Two Case Studies
Chapter 7. The Sound of the Silence: Lives, Narratives and Strategies of Runaway and Missing Women of Upper Sindh

Conclusion

Appendices
Appendix I: The Sindh Frontier Regulation, 1872
Appendix II: Text of the Provisions of Qisas and Diyat including subsequent Amendments
Appendix IIIa: Disposal of Karo Kari Cases from 1995–2004
Appendix IIIb: A Sample with Details Showing Relationship of the Victim, Accused and Complainant

Glossary
Bibliography

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