an Islamic religious decree issued by the ʿulama.

1985–90; < Arabic fatwā

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fatwa or fatwah (ˈfætwɑː)
a non-binding judgment on a point of Islamic law given by a recognized religious authority
fatwah or fatwah

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1625, 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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Example sentences
Khan claimed that a fatwa was issued against him the same day as that speech.
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