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A legal opinion or ruling issued by an Islamic scholar.

[Arabic fatwā, legal opinion; see ptw in Semitic roots.]
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(ˈfætwɑː) or


(Islam) a non-binding judgment on a point of Islamic law given by a recognized religious authority
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(ˈfɑt wɑ)
an Islamic religious decree issued by the ‘ulama.
[1985–90; < Arabic fatwā]
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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"
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[ˈfætwə] Nfatwa f
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fatwah [ˈfætwɑː] nfatwa f
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