To Be or Not To Be: Fact and Fiction in the Nuclear Fatwa Debate

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To Be or Not To Be: Fact and Fiction in the Nuclear Fatwa Debate

"This fatwa is regarded by its proponents as a sound basis upon which the current impasse on Iran’s controversial nuclear programme can be satisfactorily resolved," 

Author: 
Ali Ansari
02/2013
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In this Commentary Ali Ansari analyzes the fatwa reportedly issued by Khamenei outlawing the use of nuclear weapons. "This fatwa is regarded by its proponents as a sound basis upon which the current impasse on Iran’s controversial nuclear programme can be satisfactorily resolved," Ansari writes. But, upon careful analysis of the nature and status of a fatwa, of Ayatollah Khamenei's theological status, and further complications presented by precedence set by the Islamic Republic itself, Ansari concludes, there "can be little doubt that at present such a fatwa does not appear to exist."

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