Fatwa Council founded in Sweden

24 Jan 2011

A group of about 10-12 imams in Malmö have founded a Swedish Fatwa Council. The council is set up to be able to present Swedish Muslims with more unanimous answers to questions concerning how to practice Islam is Sweden in harmony with Swedish law and culture.

Jonas Otterbeck, assistant professor of Islamic Studies, Lund University, believes they have got a difficult task in front of them, but that it’s a brave initiative to try to find answers which can appeal to a majority of Sweden’s diverse Muslim population.

Some of the larger Muslim congregations and mosques in Sweden are not allied with the Fatwa council, which might complicate their work.