The Life of the Law in the Islamic Republic of Iran

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Beyond the esoteric deliberations of Islamic jurists and their exegesis of criminal and private law doctrines, Iranian law lives a life of its own. It is a life of routine practices of judges, court clerks, lawyers and clients, each of whom is striving to turn the law to their own advantage. It is also a life of contested legality, a relentless struggle over the right to determine the law in a juridical field which is infused with strife and hostility. These conflicts are reproduced daily as two competing conceptions of law, and their corresponding perceptions of legality clash in pursuit of justice. The Iranian judiciary’s concept of law, their reconstruction of Islamic jurisprudence and their methods of dispensing justice, which on the surface are reminiscent of Max Weber’s “qadi-justice,” collide with the legal profession’s formal rational understanding thereof. However, Iranian judges are not Weberian qadis, and the legal profession is not a homogenous group of attorneys driven by a collective commitment to the rule of law. To understand their conflict, we need to explore the mundane workings of the legal system in the context of the transformation of Iranian society and the unresolved disputes over the direction of its modernity.


  • Reza Banakar
  • Ziaee Keyvan
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Lund University

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Juridik och samhälle


  • Iran, Law, Judiciary, judge, Bar Association, Lawyers, female lawyers, Fiqh, Shari'a, Islamic Jurisprudence, Family law, Legal Services, Qadi, legal profession, Field theory, Illusio , Doxa , modernity
Sidor (från-till)717-746
Antal sidor29
TidskriftIranian Studies
Utgåva nummer5
StatusPublished - 2018 jun 26
Peer review utfördJa

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