Dār al-Iftāʾ wa-l-Ishrāf ʿalā l-Shuʾūn al-Dīniyya

Muhammad Al-Atawneh, Sabina Abdulaev

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Dār al-Iftāʾ wa-l-Ishrāf ʿalā l-Shuʾūn al-Dīniyya (“The Institute for the Issuance of Legal Opinions and the Supervision of Religious Affairs”) in Saudi Arabia was founded in 1953 by King Suʿūd b. ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz (r. 1953–64) as part of a process of extending state control to various elements of social life, including those formerly regulated by religious scholars. Dār al-Iftāʾ was the first institution officially authorised to interpret the sharīʿa (Islamic law) and to issue fatwās (Islamic legal opinions) in Saudi Arabia after more than two centuries during which muftīs (Islamic jurisconsults) had practised iftāʾ in an informal manner. [from the entry]
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopaedia of Islam
EditorsKate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart
Place of PublicationNew York
StatePublished - 14 Aug 2023


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