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Honor Lost: Love and Death in Modern-Day Jordan

About the Book

Honor Lost: Love and Death in Modern-Day Jordan

Author Norma Khouri and her friend Dalia were like sisters. Since the age of three they were inseparable, sharing in all the childhood joys that a modern, middle-class life in Amman, Jordan, had to offer. By all appearances, they seemed very much alike: Like most Arab daughters they lived under the jurisdiction of their male brethren, and each was expected to enter a marriage based on family honor -- not love. But Norma's family was Christian, Dalia's was Muslim, and each of the girls was bound to age-old religious customs and traditions that would someday tear them apart.

Dalia is twenty-five when she falls in love with Michael, a Catholic. Their relationship is more than just a crime in the name of Islam: It is grounds for an "honor killing," a practice that remains legal in Jordan today. Still, Dalia would have sacrificed everything -- her relations, her beliefs, even her homeland -- to be with Michael...until Dalia's family finds out about her haraam, or forbidden, love.

As tragic as it is true, Honor Lost is by turns a heartwarming romance, a eulogy, and a cry for freedom for women across the globe.

Honor Lost: Love and Death in Modern-Day Jordan
by Norma Khouri

  • Publication Date: February 22, 2013
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press
  • ISBN-10: 0743448790
  • ISBN-13: 9780743448796