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Islamic Edicts: The World’s Stupidest Fatwas

by | 17th, July 2007

RELIGIOUS edicts for our times:

No central authority controls doctrine in Islam, one of the world’s great religions. The result? A proliferation of bizarre religious edicts against targets ranging from Salman Rushdie to polio vaccinations. FP collects some of the worst examples here.

Salman Rushdie
Who: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran

Unclothed sex
Who: Rashad Hassan Khalil, former dean of Islamic law at al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt

When Khalil ruled in January 2006 that for married couples, “being completely naked during the act of coitus annuls the marriage,” liberal Egyptians howled with derision.

Who: Saudi Arabia’s Higher Committee for Scientific Research and Islamic Law

What: Denouncing the lovable Japanese cartoon characters as having “possessed the minds” of Saudi youngsters, Saudi Arabia’s highest religious authority banned Pokémon video games and cards in the spring of 2001

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