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Comparative Criminal Law and Enforcement: Islam - Discretionary Administrative Penalties (siyasa)

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Under Islamic law, the secular authorities do not possess a power to legislate independently of the shari'a, but the state may develop public policies by enacting and enforcing administrative regulations. The regulations are designed to help effectuate the shari'a and to regulate those areas in which the shari'a has left gaps. Siyasa regulations are not supposed to conflict with the provisions of the shari'a. Nonetheless, it has been through the mechanism of siyasa that the Islamic states have supplanted many of the penal requirements of the shari'a. The combination of siyasa and the power over jurisdiction effectively shifted the definition and enforcement of criminal regulations to the state, although the shari'a significantly influenced the content of the secular criminal law.

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