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Islamic approaches to corruption

Fighting corruption in an Islamic context must be rooted in the Islamic values guarded by the Sharia to ensure ownership, impact and legitimacy of measures. However, although Islamic law is implemented to some degree in most Middle East countries and strongly influences their legal codes, there is little evidence available of how Sharia law and courts specifically deal with corruption. Traditional Sharia Courts, complaint mechanisms or other Islamic institutions could potentially provide entry points for anti-corruption initiatives, provided they meet basic human rights and international legal standards. Concerns have been raised regarding the ability of Sharia courts and penal codes to meet these conditions.
5 June 2007
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Islamic approaches to corruption

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Chêne, M.; Jennett, V.; (2007) Islamic approaches to corruption. Bergen: U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Helpdesk Answer Helpdesk 2007)

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Marie Chêne
Victoria Jennett

Dr Victoria Jennett has a 20-year career working for and advising governments, international organisations, and NGOs on how to reform justice systems to prevent corruption and promote human rights. She carries out corruption risk assessments, researches and publishes on corruption and justice issues, and co-teaches the U4 course on corruption in the justice sector.


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