Etymology
Advertisement

fatwa (n.)

1620s, from Arabic fetwa "a decision given by a mufti," related to fata "to instruct by a legal decision." Popularized in English 1989 when Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran issued a ruling sentencing author Salman Rushdie to death for publishing "The Satanic Verses" (1988). This was lifted 1998.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of fatwa

fatwa (n.)
a ruling on a point of Islamic law that is given by a recognized authority;
From wordnet.princeton.edu