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    Syrian Sharia Committee Declares Fatwa Against Croissants

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    A Syrian sharia committee in an area of Aleppo controlled by rebels has declared a fatwa against croissants. The now-forbidden pastry has been deemed as being sinful because of its origins, which the committee called “colonial”.

    Be careful where you have your croissant.

    A Syrian sharia committee in an area of Aleppo controlled by rebels has declared a fatwa against croissants.

    The now-forbidden pastry has been deemed as being sinful not because of its shamefully high fat and calorie content, but because of its origins, which the committee called “colonial”.

    Among the creation legends of the croissant, one of the more popular does, in fact, revolve around Europeans defeating the Muslim Turks of the Ottoman Empire.

    As the tale goes, it was a group of bakers that heard the Turkish armies approaching in the night and alerted the townspeople.

    To commemorate the event the shop created a pastry in the shape of a crescent, the symbol of Islam and a prominent feature on the Ottoman flag.

    Legend aside, a professor of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of California Berkeley expressed his issues with the fatwa, saying:

    “It has indeed been the case that, in the past, temporary bans on products took place in certain parts of the Muslim world…these products were a commodity of economic and imperial oppression. I am not sure one can say that of croissants.”