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Indiana University
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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

New Fatwa on Inter-Faith Marriage

From Al-Monitor:

An Islamic scholar has stirred up major debates by backing the marriage of Muslim women and non-Muslim men, an issue always dealt with nervously by the religious establishment and pro-establishment scholars.

Amna Nosier, a professor of Islamic philosophy at Al-Azhar University and a member of the Egyptian Parliament, said there is no text in the Quran that bans the marriage of Muslim women and non-Muslim men. Islam permits Muslim men to marry non-Muslim women, provided that they do not prevent them from observing their faith.

There are many instances of Muslim men, including celebrities, who have married non-Muslim women. Egypt's former minister of religious endowments, Mahmud Hamdi Zakzouk, who died in April this year, was married to a German Christian woman.

Speaking on al-Hadath al-Youm TV Nov. 17, Nosier added that the question is especially clear if the men are Christians or Jews, which Islam calls ‚Äúpeople of the book."

A day later, Nosier told the state-run Channel One TV that the Quran only forbids the marriage of Muslim women and "idolaters." She called on religious scholars to study and reconsider the issue.

Read more here.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/family_law/2020/12/new-fatwa-on-inter-faith-marriage.html

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