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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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Forgiveness Sanctioned

Forgiveness Sanctioned

Affective Faith in Healing

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Forgiveness Work

Arzoo Osanloo

Princeton University Press

This chapter evaluates the heavy burden of the decision that is placed on victims' families. While such decisions might appear as sudden moments, they emerge, rather, from a charged atmosphere saturated with the intensities, sensations, and emotions born of the burden of that decision. Few regulations guide how forbearance happens. However, this is no oversight on the part of the state. This is a purposeful ambiguity in a system that grows out of a need and desire not only to involve victims' families, but also to make the process emotional and sentimental because it is an important component of the faith, of healing, and of reconstituting a virtuous self-identity—both for victim and offender. Interestingly, the gendered affectations the system produces place the sincere forbearance of the victim's mother in concordance with the authentic grief coming from that of the perpetrator. The ambiguity in the law, moreover, permits tailoring the world of possibilities to the various situations that individuals encounter.

Keywords:   victims, victims' families, forbearance, healing, victim's mother, Iranian criminal law

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