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Wilayat Al-Qadi and its Malpractice in Iran, Egypt, and Jordan

  • Author(s): Hajjaji, Shams Al Din Al
  • et al.

The people play a direct and important role in the Islamic theory of judicial power (Wilayat Al-Qadi). This role begins in participating in the appointment of a supreme judge. The people also ensure the independence and accountability of individual judges and the judiciary as an institution. This article argues that the judicial systems of Iran, Egypt, and Jordan abuse their powers. It offers an account of the malpractice of judicial power in these countries and recommends reforms to conform with Islamic principles.

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