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fatwa

[faht-wah] /ˈfɑt wɑ/
noun
1.
an Islamic religious decree issued by the ʿulama.
Origin
1985-1990
1985-90; < Arabic fatwā
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  • Khan claimed that a fatwa was issued against him the same day as that speech.
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fatwa

/ˈfætwɑː/
noun
1.
a non-binding judgment on a point of Islamic law given by a recognized religious authority
Word Origin
Arabic
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Word Origin and History for fatwa
n.

1620s, from Arabic fetwa "a decision given by a mufti," related to fata "to instruct by a legal decision." Popularized 1989 when Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran issued a ruling sentencing author Salman Rushdie to death for publishing "The Satanic Verses" (1988). It was lifted 1998.

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