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In Lebanon, a Powerful Shiite Cleric Bans “Honor Killings”

August 10, 2007

Lebanon’s most senior Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, issued a religious edit (fatwa) banning the custom of killing a women for supposedly bringing shame to her family. He called this “a repulsive act.” These killings are illegal but still common in much of the Middle East, and condemnation of it by powerful clerics is rare. (EW, PNCR) Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug 2007, “Shiite cleric bans ‘honor’ killings.

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