Thursday, July 19, 2007

What have been the stupidest fatwas?

It's the season of fatwas. Foreign Policy lists five of the wackiest ones:

1) Against Salman Rushdie by Ayatollah Khomeini
2) Prohibiting unclothed sex by Rashad Hassan Khalil, former dean of Islamic law at al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt
3) Denouncing Pokemon by Saudi Arabia’s Higher Committee for Scientific Research and Islamic Law
4) Proscribing polio vaccine by local clerics in rural Pakistan, and
5) On breast-feeding by Ezzat Atiya, a lecturer at Cairo’s al-Azhar University


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