[ by Charles Cameron — surprising infrequency of capital punishment, though mandated in Sharia and Torah ]
I’m always struck by formal parallelisms, particularly in matters religious — so when I came across this fascinating reference to the infrequency of capital punishment by stoning in the Ottoman Empire in a book review today (upper panel):
I was immediately reminded of a similar Jewish reluctance to use capital punishment — stoning being one of the four choices — as recorded in Tractate Sanhedrin (lower panel)
And i thought the Dalai Lama (inset) might like it too…
Of course, there’s more detail and nuance to be had in each case, but the parallelism is nevertheless instructive.
Review of Kadri in Pakistan’s Express Tribune
Jewish Virtual Library, Capital Punishment
On a personal note, highly subjective: you gotta love R. Akiva — but you gotta respect R. Simeon, too.
As usual, life is nuanced and — dare I say this? — “systems dynamic”.