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Khouri, Norma. Honor lost, Khouri, Norma-Criticism and interpretation, Muslim women-Jordan-Social conditions, Women-Crimes against-Jordan, Honor-Religious aspects-Islam, Orientalism-Political aspects, Islam in mass media, September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001-Influence, United States-Foreign relations-Middle East, Middle East-Foreign relations-United States, 9/11, Honor crimes, Honor killings, Honor lost, Husseini, Rana, American media, Orientalism, Jordan, Law


This thesis characterizes the post-9/11 American media as dominated by a political and social climate that focused on Muslim women. These women represented to this media a co-victim of Muslim terrorism. More importantly, the American media portrayed the Muslim woman as a victim that only the United States could save. In 2002, Norma Khouri, a Jordanian woman living in the United States, published her book Honor Lost: Love and Death in Modern-Day Jordan. This paper argues that her text and the American media's language post-September 11th created a new Orientalism that focused on the use and manipulation of the Muslim woman's body by the West. This new Orientalism continues to have international consequences. This paper focuses specifically on Jordan, where the Jordanian National Committee to End So-Called Honour Crimes attacked Khouri's book, accusing it of promoting stereotypes about Muslim women. This new Orientalism continues to be an issue in efforts to criminalize honor crimes in Jordan.




76 p. Honors Project-Smith College, Northampton, Mass., 2011. Includes bibliographical references (p. 72-76)