Saudi Arabia: Clerics Oppose "Modernist" Fatwas

News article, posted 03.24.2010, from Saudi Arabia, in:
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An international conference of ulama or religious scholars meeting in Mecca opposes what it calls 'modernist' fatwas or religious edicts, sanctioning ideas such as female imams or assisted reproductive technology for men. According to the Saudi daily, Arab news, around 170 scholars gathered at the International Conference on Fatwa and its Regulations and issued a 'fatwa charter' with guidelines on the issuing of the religious edicts. The four-day conference, organised by the Fiqh Academy, a subsidiary of the Muslim World League, concluded in Mecca on Tuesday.