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A legal opinion or ruling issued by an Islamic scholar.

[Arabic fatwā, legal opinion; see ptw in Semitic roots.]


(ˈfætwɑː) or


(Islam) a non-binding judgment on a point of Islamic law given by a recognized religious authority


(ˈfɑt wɑ)
an Islamic religious decree issued by the ‘ulama.
[1985–90; < Arabic fatwā]


1989 The death sentence pronounced by a fundamentalist Iranian leader on the British writer Salman Rushdie for his novel The Satanic Verses, deemed blasphemous by devout Muslims.
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Noun1.fatwa - a ruling on a point of Islamic law that is given by a recognized authority
ruling, opinion - the reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the decision itself)
Islamic law, sharia, sharia law, shariah, shariah law - the code of law derived from the Koran and from the teachings and example of Mohammed; "sharia is only applicable to Muslims"; "under Islamic law there is no separation of church and state"


[ˈfætwə] Nfatwa f


fatwah [ˈfætwɑː] nfatwa f
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Fatwas, rulings on articles of Islamic law given by recognized authorities, have always been a reality in modern Yemen, but since the 2011 uprising, there has been an increase of fatwas issued against writers and journalists.
The two-day conference is held in the Arab Republic of Egypt under the auspices of President Adly Mansour and discusses five major themes: anathematizing ideology, its hazards, the controls of fatwa and the hazards of misinformed fatwas, the fatwa science and discipline, fatwa and culture, forbearance and simplicity in tackling extremist and nathematizing ideologies.
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