The leader of the Palestinian armed militias during the 1948 war was the ex- mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini.
What he calls a “papery palace of stories” sustains identity and ties mufti to place.
mufti later describes the violence devastating his country as “a clash of civilizations inside Pakistan.”
1580s, muphtie "official head of the state religion in Turkey," from Arabic mufti "judge," active participle of afta "to give," conjugated form of fata "he gave a (legal) decision" (cf. fatwa). Sense of "ordinary clothes (not in uniform)" is from 1816, of unknown origin, perhaps from mufti's costume of robes and slippers in stage plays, which was felt to resemble plain clothes.