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Periodical Review: Fatwas – November – December 2011

The following report details the main fatwas published in November and December, 2011 on Minbar Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, a Web site run by the Salafi ideologue Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi. Web surfers’ questions are answered by the site’s Sharia Committee, which comprises a number of prominent Salafi sheikhs.

This publication presents some of the religious-legal rulings [fatwas] handed down in November and December 2011. Among them, we highlight fatwas concerning joining the Free Syrian Army and the revolutionaries in Libya; participation in protests against the continued rule of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in Egypt; participation in demonstrations against the regime in Morocco, alongside elements whose principles contravene those of Islamic religious law [shari’a]; the appropriate response to a French newspaper’s having derided the prophet Muhammad; and the essence of the relationship with the Al-Nahdha Party in Tunisia.

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