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In Saudi Arabia, the Board of the Senior ʿUlamāʾ (BSU), led by the Grand Muftī, constitutes the head of the religious pyramid, providing the ultimate decrees on Sharīʿa. The legal status, composition, functions and even the name of the Board are based on a 1971 Royal Decree. Most of the muftīs, mentioned in this chapter, were educated in the traditional manner, usually having received instruction from a well-known Wahhabi scholar, considered an authority (marjiʿ) in the field. BSU conventions are conducted biannually at the CRLO residence at Riyadh, except in extraordinary cases. These conventions last a week or more and must be attended by at least two thirds of BSU's membership. Dār al-Iftāʾ maintains its attachment to the judiciary in various ways. Dār al-Iftāʾ was almost a single-mufti institution, that is to say, the Grand Mufti was its exclusive functionary.

Keywords: Board of the Senior ʿUlamāʾ (BSU); Dār al-Iftāʾ; muftīs; Sharīʿa



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