Friday, July 08, 2005

A fatwa regarding the looting of archeological sites in Iraq

This should be of particular concern to Iranians. Historically important Iranian artifacts and archeological sites are located in Iraq.

According to Professor Macguire Gibson of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago:

“We have reports that Muqtada Sadr [the powerful Shiite cleric based in Kufa] is getting a cut. There was a fatwa [clerical ruling from Najaf] condemning looting but there was a counter-fatwa from Iran saying that looting pre-Islamic items is acceptable.”

Note:
The article has been removed but you can still try Google's cache of the page HERE.

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