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greekdefaultwatch@gmail.com Natural gas consultant by day, blogger on the Greek economy by night. Trained as an economist and political scientist. I believe in common sense and in data, and my aim is to offer insight written in language that is clear and convincing.

09 January 2006

The naked fatwa

Agence France Presse reports: “An Egyptian cleric's controversial fatwa claiming that nudity during sexual intercourse invalidates a marriage has uncovered a rift among Islamic scholars. According to the religious edict issued by Rashad Hassan Khalil, a former dean of the prestigious Al-Azhar University's faculty of Sharia (or Islamic law), ‘being completely naked during the act of coitus annuls the marriage.’”

What’s next?

“To strip or not to strip? Egyptian clerics debate sex,” Daily Star, 9 Jan 06 (link)


Anonymous Gordon Taylor said...


Nothing can possibly be added to the Naked Fatwa. I've read your reviews on Amazon and thought they were intelligent and well-expressed. The same applies to your blog. I would like you to take a look at a book that I've written called Fever and Thirst, a biography of Asahel Grant, M.D., an American physician who died in Mosul in 1844. If you're interested in reading and reviewing it (sincerely interested) I'll get a copy to you. Meanwhile, check out the following:

http://www.amazon.com/ Under Books, search for "Fever and Thirst."

Also, at the publisher's website:


That's all--just a shot in the dark.

Gordon Taylor
Seattle, WA

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