Definition of fatwa noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfætwɑː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfætwɑː//
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a decision or order made under Islamic law Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Arabic fatwā, from 'aftā ‘decide a point of law’. Compare with mufti ‘a Muslim who is expert on legal matters connected with Islam’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fatwa