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      The Significance of Fatwas for Muslims in Europe: Some Suggestions for Future Research

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      NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion
      Amsterdam University Press

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          In recent new Islamic interpretations of the world order as expressed, for instance, in the concept of Dâr al-Da’wa (‘The World of Preaching the Message’) Muslim minorities are to become full citizens of non-Muslim societies. This global view of the world as one, has lead to the appearance of a whole new branch of Islamic jurisprudence called the ‘Religious Jurispridence of Minorities’ ( Fiqh al-Aqalliyât). Its purpose is to reinterpret Islamic principles in a situation in which Muslims are living in a minority position. Accurate understanding of the responses ( fatwas) that shape this jurisprudence is necessary to avoid many misunderstandings with regard to Muslims living in non-Islamic countries. In addition, this article argues that research in this field will allow following the developments of the interpretation of religious norms and rules in socalled ‘Muslim’ countries. Fiqh-al-Aqalliyat will influence Islam at large.

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          NTT
          NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion
          Amsterdam University Press
          2542-6583
          2590-3268
          August 2006
          18 July 2019
          : 60
          : 3
          : 208-221
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          P.S. van Koningsveld is hoogleraar geschiedenis van godsdiensten aan de Faculteit der Godgeleerdheid, Universiteit Leiden, Postbus 9515, 2300 RA Leiden

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          10.5117/NTT2006.60.208.KONI
          08918898-cbb4-4cb7-b2f6-eee16a6bc5b7
          © 2018 Amsterdam University Press
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