Role of Religious Institutions in Preventing Crimes (Challenges and Solutions against it

Document Type : Original Article


Assistant Professor in Penal Law, Qaemshahr Branch, Islamic Azad University, Qaemshahr, Iran



Today, in Islamic societies, especially in Iran, one of the most important social institutions for the promotion of Islamic culture is religious institutions. These institutions are molded in a society in the form of governmental and official organizations, as well as nongovernmental and popular ones. One of the main tasks of these institutions is to prevent crime through combating factors and processes, or situations and circumstances that are effective in the occurrence of crime and social abnormalities, by direct sampling of the teachings of the Islamic religion (Holy Quran and the Infallible Sunnah (AS)). Therefore, religious institutions can play a significant role in providing the moral and social prosperity of a society by drying up the roots, factors and situations that have an impact on crime, while Iran's lawmaker is also subject to various laws and regulations, including in Article 106 of the fourth economic, social and cultural development act of 2004 which approved the role of religious institutions. But nevertheless, these institutions have faced a number of legal and practical barriers and challenges to address this challenge and obstacles, and to provide the necessary and appropriate solutions. To confront them, it is more and more felt that these challenges and strategies have been addressed in this paper.


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