, NYC is not moving to Islamic law January 16 But the New York City Bar Association is presenting a program about the Fatwa. I’ll let the lawyers explain it: The latest in the New York City Bar Association’s continuing presentations on Islamic Law brings together an outstanding panel to discuss the primary element of Islamic jurisprudence – the Fatwa. This is an important opportunity to understand how legal and religious disputes are resolved throughout the Muslim world. Fatwas, in Arabic fatawa, are the non-binding but precedential legal opinions issued by muftis, scholars of Islamic law. The fatwas cover every aspect of Islamic law, and therefore Muslim life. Our speakers will both explain the processes by which fatawa are issued and explore a number of areas in which they play a critical role. The program is free and open to the public. It’s on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the NYCBA, 42 West 44th St. Topics will include: “Render Unto Caesar or Revolution: Shi’a Political Fatawa of the Past 100 Years;” “Fatawa for the Family: Rituals, Authority, and Hijab;” and “The Dow Jones Fatwa and Islamic Finance.”  Thanks to Gary Stern

 

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