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Forgiveness WorkMercy, Law, and Victims' Rights in Iran$
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Arzoo Osanloo

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691172040

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691172040.001.0001

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Judicial Forbearance Advocacy

Judicial Forbearance Advocacy

Motivations, Potentialities, and the Interstices of Time

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Forgiveness Work

Arzoo Osanloo

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores how the new provisions in the laws that encourage forbearance shape legal practices around post-sentence forgiveness work on the part of judges. It analyzes judges' motivations to work for forbearance by looking at the exigencies of the law, as well as spiritual and pragmatic reasons. In doing so, the chapter highlights the consequential aspects of time in forgiveness work. For many Muslims, the Qur'an is an immutable and unalterable text. The operations and practices to which its verses give rise, however, change and modify through the very human forces whose work both adheres to and animates the sacred texts. Through interviews with Shiʻi scholars and state bureaucrats charged with implementing this duty, the chapter shows how these religious prescriptions come to be translated into contemporary socio-cultural and legal praxis in the Shiʻi context.

Keywords:   forbearance, legal practices, post-sentence forgiveness, judges, forgiveness work, Muslims, Qur'an, Shiʻi scholars, state bureaucrats

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