Following Saudi Arabia’s decision to allow women to drive, the country’s Consultative Assembly voted in favor of allowing women to issue fatwas, or legal opinions on Islamic law, a right that was previously only reserved for men.
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After Saudi Arabia King Salman issued a royal decree that will enable women to drive, the country’s Consultative Assembly also voted in favor of allowing women to issue fatwas, or legal opinions on Islamic law.
Over the past 45 years, the right to issue fatwas was reserved solely for the Permanent Committee for Islamic Research and Fatwa. According to the decision, a royal decree will be necessary in order to appoint a female mufti.
Women in the Consultative Assembly Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News
Last March, female members of the Consultative Assembly demanded the right to issue fatwas and managed to recruit the necessary support to pass the initiative. It is important to note that the Consultative Assembly cannot pass laws but only proposes them to the King.