Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm talk, followed by Q & A
Online Platform: Zoom
In his talk, Dr. Rizwan will examine the ways in which pre-modern Muslim authorities understood the directive in Q24:2 about not taking mercy when applying 100 lashes to zinā offenders. He will argue that Muslim jurists were in fact willing to grant mercy in certain cases because they were taking into account the ability of an offender to withstand the punishment as well as its unintended consequences. Dr. Rizwan will discuss how notions of mercy can be used to reimagine the criminal law within the context of criminal justice reform.