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FiveBooks: Kwame Anthony Appiah

A leading thinker recommends five books about their field of interest. This month the topic is honour, chosen by Kwame Anthony Appiah, professor of philosophy at Princeton and president of the PEN American Centre. His most recent book is “The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen” (WW Norton). Interview by Anna Blundy for the website

By Prospect   December 2010

In the Name of Honor: A Memoir (2007) By Mukhtar Mai My first choice is by an amazing woman, though it’s an “as told to” book written by a journalist. Mukhtar Mai became known around the world because she was raped essentially at the order of a village council in Pakistan. A prominent local family alleged that her brother had assaulted one of their daughters. Because that was an assault on their honour, they insisted on getting their own back.

What normally happens in these circumstances is that the woman just retreats in shame. But the village mullah said…

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