Topic: Comparison of religiously motivated homicide in Islamic and common law systems

Presenter: Behnaz Zarrabi - PhD Candidate, TC Beirne School of Law

Whilst there has been a considerable volume of work on religious extremism and violence in the global context, occurrences of religious violence in a non-terrorism context has received less attention. There are incidents when an individual harms another person’s life, believing his/her violent act is a mandatory religious duty. This PhD examines cases of religiously motivated homicide from a legal perspective. The study focuses on the perception of legal professionals about religious homicide in a comparative context. A phenomenological approach based on interdisciplinary research is utilised in this research to provide a holistic understanding of religious homicide.

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