Controversial fatwa opens door for female taboos in Egypt

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A recent fatwa issued by a senior Egyptian Islamic scholar that permits limited instances of hymen repair may have opened the door for other women-related social issues, long considered a taboo in Egypt. During a live broadcast on the official Facebook page of Dar Al-Ifta – the institution tasked with issuing religious fatwas [Islamic edicts] – Ahmed Mamdouh, head of the Islamic Sharia law research department argued in late August that hymen repair was “permissible and necessary,” for example, where a girl has been raped or deceived [by a man] and wished to repent and turn a new page.” He adde…

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