Religious rebel committee in Syria bans croissants

French pastry deemed 'colonial' by sharia committee in rebel controlled city of Aleppo. Crescent shape marks European victory over Muslims, says fatwa

A sharia committee in a rebel-held area of Aleppo issued a fatwa deeming croissants ‘haram’ (forbidden in Islamic law) because of their “colonial” significance, the Alarabiya website reported.


Croissants’ crescent shape celebrates European victory over Muslims, according to the fatwa (religious ruling). 


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But according to a report by the Huffington Post, which cites a French cookbook from 1938, the croissant's shape is an homage to bakers who foiled a Turkish attack on Budapest in 1686. However, the story was not verified by historians, as the first documentation of the tasty pastry appeared only by 1906.


But this is not the first strict fatwa issued by the Aleppo sharia council, Alarabiya reported, though such edicts are uncommon in Aleppo’s society, which usually adheres to moderate Islamic teachings, according to Asharq al-Awsat.


A sharia committee in the city issued a fatwa on Facebook prohibiting “Muslim women wearing makeup and tight clothes that reveal physical features from going out.”


A fatwa issued by the Council of the United Judiciary, affiliated with the rebel Free Syrian Army, stipulated a year in jail for anyone not fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.


Samir Nashar, a member of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, called on the FSA to unite its forces in Aleppo and work to prevent the expansion of these committees, Alarabiya reported.


There are civil movements resisting the extremist tendencies of such committees, he told Asharq al-Awsat.



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