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Blood Revenge

Family Honor, Mediation, and Outcasting

Joseph Ginat died in 2009. He was Chairman of the Jewish-Arab Center at Haifa University; Director of the Israeli Academic Center in Cairo; College Vice-President at Netanya Academic College; and Chairman of the Committee for Relations with Arab and Muslim Countries. He was widely published in Arab Affairs, including co-editor of From War to Peace: Arab–Israeli Relations, 1973–1993 (1994); a series on Peace Politics in the Middle East jointly published by the University of Oklahoma Press and Sussex Academic; and Bedouin Bisha'h Justice: Ordeal by Fire.

Foreword to the second edition by Gabriel Bach, Judge of the Israeli Supreme Court

In the past, when blood revenge took place, the perpetrators were proud of the fact as it enhanced their honor. Now admittance of guilt is much more proscribed, and the authorities, unable to penetrate the strict secrecy codes of Arab society, are having to adopt new strategies to prevent disputes getting out of hand. This issue has tremendous implications for law and order in Israeli society.

This fully revised second edition takes account of the political upheavals since 1987 and provides substantial new ethnographic material.

Hardback ISBN: 978-1-898723-18-9
Hardback Price: £45.00 / $59.50
Release Date: April 1997
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-84519-197-9
Paperback Price: £25.00 / $34.95
Release Date: October 2013
Page Extent / Format: 272 pp. / 234 x 156 mm
Illustrated: 8-page illustrated section


The case studies are interesting and illuminating. They add an important empirical dimension to the general theoretical discussion of conflict resolution.
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From the Foreword by Gabriel Bach, Judge of the Israeli Supreme Court
: “Professor Ginat brings before us, in as vivid a fashion as possible, a realistic portrayal of an existing human problem of the utmost importance . . . People everywhere respond to questions like the quest for revenge and the wish to protect one's sense of honor and the honor of the family . . . People of all walks of life can easily relate to the feelings, fears, anxieties and dilemmas of the various persons described in these fatal decisions . . .”

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