The Importance Of Islamic Religion In Bahrain

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Register to read the introduction… This makes up the fabric of life for the Bahraini people, the influence of the Islamic religion can be seen in the economic, political and social pathways of life within the culture of the country. In Bahrain, religion is the most important structure. The Islamic religion opposes wrongdoing in all its forms and that any wrongdoing can lead to the downfall of society. The teachings of the Prophet attempt to get rid of all forms of crime before it happens by influencing the individuals who follow the religion. Acts against the law therefore is not only a crime against society in the eyes of Bahraini people it is also a violation of the principles of God. In Bahrain there are even ‘moral police officers’ who regulate the dress and public behaviour of citizens (Helal, 1991). As the Qur’an provides the basis for society, it also provides the base for which laws are made. All laws however have major influence from the Western cultures, apart from marriage, divorce and succession which all fall under the Shari’ah. (Souryal, 1988)Therefore religion is a major influence in relation to everything, right down to helping explain the low crime rate in Bahrain.
Citizens are able to speak directly to the ruler of Bahrain for a few days each month this allows the people to feel that they are in touch with their government as they are able to voice their concerns directly (Helal, 1991). Therefore crimes against the state are less likely to be committed as people feel as if they play a greater role than just an individual in a wider
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Reichel, P., (1994) “Comparative Criminal Justice Systems” Englewood Cliffs, Prentice Hall Career & Technology.

Journals:
Helal, A., Coston, C,. (1991) “Low Crime Rates in Bahrain: Islamic Social Control, Testing the Theory of Synnomie.” - International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice

Moore, R., (1987) “Courts, Law, Justice and Criminal Trials” – International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice.

Souryal, S., (1988) “The Role of the Shari’ah Law in Determining Criminality in Saudi Arabia” – International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice.

Vetere, Eduardo, Newton, Graeme. (1977) “ International Crime Statistics: An Overview from a Comparative Perspective.” – Abstracts in Criminology and Penology

Reports:
Federal Bureau of Investigation (1981-1987) “Uniform Crime Reports” Washington DC, United States Government Printing Office.

Ministry of Information (1985), “Bahrain: Profile” State of Bahrain, Government Press.

Other:
Religion in Schools (2004) retrieved on the 20th November 2010 from
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