Roland Lafitte is an academic and writer based in France.
Comment: The word fatwa has become synonymous with an authoritarian and irrevocable decision, commonly a death sentence. But this eclipses the word's scope and often anodyne context, writes Roland Laffitte.
Comment: Our understanding of sharia is reductive, simplistic and unhelpful both to Muslim societies and the West, writes Roland Laffitte.
Comment: The word has taken on a meaning in the non-Islamic world which undermines centuries of academic and theological struggle, writes Roland Laffitte.