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Nor is Christianity responsible for the deaths of the other women. In 2007, after Aqsa Parvez was murdered by her father in Toronto for not wearing hijab (a head covering), Sheila Musaji wrote in the American Muslim, "Although this certainly is a case of domestic violence ...'honor' killings are not only a Muslim problem, and there is no 'honor' involved." Mohammed Elmasry, of the Canadian Islamic Congress, also dismissed the problem.Walker confirmed the difference between the victim-perpetrator in honor killings and ordinary domestic violence: In ordinary domestic violence involving Westerners, it is rare for brothers to kill sisters or for male cousins to kill female cousins.
While Muslim advocacy organizations argue that honor killings are a misnomer stigmatizing Muslims for what is simply domestic violence, a problem that has nothing to do with religion, Phyllis Chesler, who just completed a study of more than 50 instances of North American honor killings, says the evidence suggests otherwise.
— The Editors Amina Said (L), 18, and her sister Sarah, 17, were shot dead by their father Yaser at their home in Irving, Texas, in January 2008.
Said was upset by his daughters' "Western ways" and was assisted in the killing by his wife, the girls' mother.
Unni Wikan, a social anthropologist and professor at the University of Oslo, defines honor killing as "a murder carried out as a commission from the extended family, to restore honor after the family has been dishonored.
As a rule, the basic cause is a rumor that any female family member has behaved in an immoral way." While honor killings are just a minority of total domestic violence in the United States and Canada, they constitute a distinct phenomenon.