Last Updated: Tue Nov 02, 2010 17:25 pm (KSA) 14:25 pm (GMT)

[TIMELINE] Recent fatwas and bans

A fatwa is an Islamic religious decree and can only be issued by a recognized religious authority. It is not binding on the faithful and scholars must give evidence to support it.

Muslims are free to decide if they want to follow a fatwa and during times of conflicting opinions Muslims are told to compare evidence and choose the opinion they think makes the most sense.

September

The second Egyptian President Jamal Abdel Nasser

*Two senior Saudi clerics call for owners of TV channels that broadcast "depravation & debauchery" to be tried and face the death penalty.

*Syria banned a series called Reyah al-Khamaseen (Dusty Winds) because it touched on the sensitive issue of political detainees and government corruption.

*Egypt cancels a TV series about the lives of marginalized people in Egypt's shantytowns branding it too racy for Ramadan.

-Kuwait banned a string of Egyptian movies because of indecent scenes, including the star studded Lelat al-Baby Doll (The Night of Baby Doll).

*Egypt's government banned a show about former President Gamal Abdul Nasser with no explanation other than press speculation is was because of fears about pubic incitement.

*Syria banned a series about the life of Syrian singer Asmahan al-Atrash, who lived in Egypt during World War II, after her family filed a law suit claiming it was not an honest representation of her life.

*Saudi Arabia and the UAE banned bedouin soaps Funjan al-Dam (Cup of Blood) and Saadoun al-Awajy after officials claimed it provoked inter-tribal rivalries.

August

Disney character Mickey Mouse also drew wrath

*A Saudi cleric told viewers of a religious affairs program that mice were "agents of Satan" and said Islamic law called for the extermination of all mice, including the house mouse and "the famous cartoon mouse" known as Mickey Mouse.

July

Noor fans sported shirts featuring the stars

*Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti issues called on Muslims to refrain from watching Turkish soap opera 'Noor' and issued a fatwa branding the soap ‘subversive’ and 'un-Islamic.'

*A Syrian preacher based in Aleppo banned people from wearing 'Noor' t-shirts at his mosque and compared the practice to idol worshipping.

May

Inidan dramas have also provoked ire

*Taliban banned TV networks showing "un-Islamic and anti-Afghan culture" programs after a popular Indian soap, which took Afghanistan by storm, was deemed immoral and pulled from TV in April.

March

French movie Persepolis also banned

*Oscar-nominated French film 'Persepolis' is banned in Lebanon for its critical portrayal of the Islamic revolution. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad labeled the animated film as "Islamophobic" and "anti-Iranian."

*Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti called off a university marathon for female students.

2007

*Kuwait banned soap Lel Khataya Thaman (The Price of Sin) over fears it would incite sectarian divisions within its mixed Shiite and Sunni communities.

*Egypt banned a Syrian-made show about King Farouk's life and branded it a serial "conspiracy theory" against Egyptians.

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