Author

Alfaraj

Date of Award

4-1995

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Dr. Douglas Davidson

Second Advisor

Dr. James Petersen

Third Advisor

Dr. Donald Cooney

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

The nature of law and its effects on certain criminal acts was the focus of this study. In this study the researcher compared the effect of two laws: (1) Saudi Arabia law which is a sacred law, and (2) the State of Michigan law which is a secular law. This comparative was on three criminal acts: (1) Homicide, (2) Rape, and (3) Theft. The data for this study were based on secondary data obtained through records available to the public. The purpose of this study is to examine and to compare the nature of punishment for crime and its effects on the number of the three major criminal acts. Because there has been increased contact between Saudi Arabia and the United States it is important that such as study to be conducted to show the similarities and differences between the two laws.

This study has shown that Saudi Arabia is bigger in size and the population of Saudi Arabia is larger than that of Michigan. Yet the rates of the three major criminal acts in Saudi Arabia are lower than of those committed in the State of Michigan. This study also has shown that crime related to rape, homicide and theft were less rampant where sacred law was enforced compared to where only secular laws administered.

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