ISLAMIC JURISTS IN POLITICAL CAPACITY: A COMPARISON BETWEEN LEGALIST AND POLITICAL APPROACHES IN ISLAMIC GOVERNANCE

Document Type : Research Paper

Author

Assistant Professor; Department of Iranian Studies, Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

Abstract

After the victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, a great number of Islamic jurists entered the political scene, an event which put Iranian politics to a great extent under a legalist approach. Considering the structure of law and the way jurists look at reality, they have a different type of personality from other politicians. Using the ideal type method, this paper attempts to study Islamic jurists’ personality and their specifications in their worldview, methods and resources. This type of personality can impact  their political approach and behavior. It is generally concluded that once Islamic jurists enter politics, they are relatively more definite and more decisive, less compromising, more conservative, more duty-based, more predictable, more technicalist and finally more literalist. 

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Volume 46, Issue 3
October 2016
Pages 653-671
  • Receive Date: 19 May 2015
  • Revise Date: 02 November 2016
  • Accept Date: 02 August 2015
  • First Publish Date: 22 September 2016