Cornell University

‘When Mercy Seasons Justice’

Monday, November 8, 2021 at 4:45pm to 6:00pm

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Lecture with Arzoo Osanloo, University of Washington.

‘When Mercy Seasons Justice’: Forbearance in Iranian Criminal Sanctioning & its Persistent Logic in a Global Era

In this talk, Arzoo Osanloo will explore how mercy in Iran’s criminal sanctioning laws serves “to season” justice through a forbearance right that the state affords to surviving family members of murder victims. Drawing from a discussion of the idea of mercy as a ‘seasoning’ to justice (Derrida 2001), Osanloo will consider the ethico-religious dynamics at play in the scriptural revelations on which the law is based. And finally, she will reflect on the logic of mercy and what its persistence means in our contemporary era.

Co-sponsored with the Department of Anthropology, Religious Studies Program, Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa, and  Berger International Legal Studies Program

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Near Eastern Studies, Anthropology

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anthro, nescal, middleeasterncal

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Arzoo Osanloo

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University of Washington

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