A Typology of Fatwas


This paper seeks to shed light on the nature of fatwas as sources for the study of Islamic legal and ethical thought by drawing some distinctions between various basic types of fatwas and the information we may expect to derive from them. It identifies and provides an account of what are here termed...

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Published in:Die Welt des Islams
Main Author: Skovgaard-Petersen, Jakob 1963-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Brill 2015
In: Die Welt des Islams
Year: 2015, Volume: 55, Issue: 3/4, Pages: 278-285
Further subjects:B fatwa
 mufti
 Islamic normativity
 Islamic law
 sharia

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Summary:This paper seeks to shed light on the nature of fatwas as sources for the study of Islamic legal and ethical thought by drawing some distinctions between various basic types of fatwas and the information we may expect to derive from them. It identifies and provides an account of what are here termed as the ephemeral, the school, the court and the public fatwa. In each case it discusses the type of authority they involve and, in the context of this special issue on Islamic bioethics, their particular relevance to issues of health and medicine today.

ISSN:1570-0607
Contains:In: Die Welt des Islams
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/15700607-05534p02