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Forgiveness Work: Mercy, Law, and Victims' Rights in Iran

Arzoo Osanloo


Iran's criminal courts are notorious for meting out severe sentences—according to Amnesty International, the country has the world's highest rate of capital punishment per capita. Less known to outside observers, however, is the Iranian criminal code's recognition of forgiveness, where victims of violent crimes, or the families of murder victims, can request the state to forgo punishing the criminal. This book shows that in the Iranian justice system, forbearance is as much a right of victims as retribution. Drawing on extended interviews and first-hand observations of more than eighty murder ... More

Keywords: Iranian justice system, forgiveness advocacy, retribution, victims, capital punishment, violent crime, reconciliation, Iranian criminal codes, forbearance, mercy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691172040
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691172040.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arzoo Osanloo, author
University of Washington