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Background: The interview with Majdī Hussaīn, the Editor-in-Chief of al-Shaʿb magazine and an Islamic political activist, and an Islamic Īmam revolves around the case of Naṣr Ḥāmid Abū Zayd, a liberal Islamic thinker who was accused of apostasy, and the issue of the tunnel created upon the decision...
The fatwá is commonly known in the West as a death sentence. Among Muslims, the fatwá can be among the most powerful tools of Islamic populism. On a third front, the fatwá is simply a bureaucratic function. Which definition encompasses reality?  
The Islamic Research Academy at the Azhar is set for a meeting on Monday which will be headed by Azhar Grand Shaykh Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyib, Endowments Minister Dr. Mahmūd Hamdī Zaqzūq, Grand Muftī Dr. ‘Alī Jum‘ah, and Azhar University Head Dr. ‘Abd Allāh al-Husaynī. The meeting will discuss the...
In spite of the bitter controversy created by Sayyid al-Qimnī’s honoring, some people have expressed their admiration for his ideas. Al-Qimnī expresses his views, and comments on issues related to freedom of expression and sectarianism in Egypt.
In his interview with the Egyptian Muftī, Ahmad Hassan tackles recent controversial issues involving the Muftī. He discusses the issuance of false Fatwás, and combats the political intrigue that aims at shaking his status as a Muslim cleric, saying that his status as a cleric is unshakable.
The increasing phenomenon of Fatwás being issued by “satellite Shaykhs” is discussed. The author questions who has the authority to control these Fatwás, and why they issue is not being focused on.
Dr. ‘Alī Jum‘ah has issued a Fatwá allowing girls who have lost their virginity to have grafting hymen surgery and not to tell partners about past sexual experiences. The Fatwá caused debates amongst religious scholars, sociologists and people as it violates traditional norms.
A fatwá issued to Dr. ‘Alī Jum‘ah regarding smoking and if it annuls al-Iḥrām sparks controversy among scholars and the public alike.
The niqāb is stirring controversy in different parts of the World. An Egyptian university professor is to be sued for criticizing it; the Egyptian muftī advises that women don’t wear it and students wearing it will be barred from accessing a university hostel. In Western countries it is regarded as...
The Muftī of Egypt Dr ‘Alī Jum‘ah issued a controversial fatwá that a pregnant woman whose husband had died or left for four years cannot be considered an adulteress.


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