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Official fatwa site unveiled

Saudi Arabia's Council of Senior Ulema launches official website for religious edicts by Muslim scholars.

Saudi Arabia’s highest religious authority has launched an official website for fatwas, or religious edicts.

The Council of Senior Ulema (Muslim scholars), which operates the site at www.alifta.com, claims it will provide quick access to edicts issued by a number of official religious scholars, AFP reports.

A section is devoted to Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Baz, former head of the council and mufti of Saudi Arabia who in 1991 issued a fatwa prohibiting women from driving cars.

The launch comes as a response to the issuing of fatwas by Saudi and other Muslim scholars that clash with the official line of the Saudi religious establishment, AFP said.

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