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A senior Saudi cleric “‹recently “‹ called for the appointment of female Islamic scholars or “muftis” within Saudi Arabia’s Council of Senior Scholars. Muftis are jurists qualified to give authoritative legal opinions known as fatwas while interpreting Islamic law. Sheikh Abduallah Al Mutlaq, a member of the council, said female muftis would offer fatwas particularly on women’s issues. In a televised program,  “‹he”‹  said: “I call on the Grand Mufti to employ our daughters who are in universities such as the Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University and Umm Al-Qura University and others who specialize in Islamic law.”

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