Mediating Mercy: Stirring Faith in Forgiveness

A lecture by:

Arzoo Osanloo, University of Washington

In Iran’s criminal justice system, the family of the victim possesses a right to retribution, but the laws also encourage forbearance and reconciliation. However, there are minimal guidelines for arriving at forbearance. This talk will explore the work of the mediators, individuals and groups that work towards cultivating “the feeling of forgiveness” in victims’ families by touching upon the aesthetic and emotional sources of their faith.

Event Information


Thursday, February 18th, 2016

5:00 – 7:00 pm


Richard Ettinghausen Library
Kevorkian Centre
50 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012


Arzoo Osanloo, University of Washington

Arzoo Osanloo is an associate professor in the Law, Societies, and Justice Program and the director of the Middle East Center at the University of Washington, Seattle. She holds a PhD in cultural anthropology from Stanford University and a JD from The American University, Washington College of Law. Her research and teaching focus on the intersections of law and cultural practice, especially with respect to human rights. Her book, The Politics of Women’s Rights in Iran (Princeton University Press, 2009), analyzes the politicization of “rights talk” and women’s subjectivities in Iran. She is currently working on a second manuscript that examines the Muslim mandate of mercy as it takes shape in Iran’s criminal justice system.