Female Muslim clerics in Indonesia issue rare fatwas

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Female Islamic clerics in Indonesia declared a series of fatwas Thursday, including one to tackle child marriage, a rare example of women taking a leading religious role in the Muslim-majority country.

Among the fatwas issued was one against women being sexually abused; and one against environmental destruction, in a country that struggles every year with huge fires that are started illegally and devastate vast swathes of rainforest. (Photo: AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)

The fatwas – religious edicts that have no legal force but are influential – were issued at the end of a three-day congress of female clerics in the country with the world’s biggest Muslim population.

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