AKU-ISMC alumna, Fatemeh Shams, recently published a poem in one of Oxford University's first issues of Clarendon Scholars Chronicle.
When Atefe Sahaaleh, a 16-year-old girl convicted of crime against chastity, was sentenced to death by hanging, most considered it to be a crime against humanity. But some seemed to disagree.
In her poem, Fatemeh Shams explores the contentious issues of capital punishment and ‘moral laws’ still in place today. Gently she encourages us to reflect on serious issues concerning religion, ethics, and human society. Answers to these issues will differ, but many will echo her sympathy for the underage victims of execution, to whom this poem is dedicated.
Fatemeh Shams is a DPhil Candidate at the University of Oxford and a Clarendon scholar. She graduated from the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in 2008 with a MA in Muslim Cultures.
Sohail Merchant, Assistant Registrar