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Sheikh Rahimullah is careful not to criticise the continued closure of schools but, speaking at his madrassa in Peshawar, with his mobile phone in hand, scrolls through the text of his "fatwa", which shares decrees from earlier scholars and accounts from the life of the Prophet Muhammad.

"There is no justification in the sharia [law] to say female education is not allowed. No justification at all," he tells the BBC.

"All the religious books have stated female education is permissible and obligatory, because, for example, if a woman gets sick, in an Islamic environment like Afghanistan or Pakistan, and needs treatment, it's much better if she's treated by a female doctor."

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 13th, 2022 at 06:45:51 PM EST
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