Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has launched an official website for fatwas, or religious rulings, issued by a number of official religious scholars.

www.alifta.com aims to provide "quick access to fatwas on an official website," says a committee affiliated with the Council of Senior Ulema (Islamic scholars).

Visitors to the website will be able to post questions and get replies from the council, which operates the site.

A section of the site is devoted to the former head of the council, Shaikh Abdul Aziz bin Baz, who issued a controversial fatwa in 1991 prohibiting women from driving cars.

The move is apparently an attempt to ensure that fatwas issued are given prominence. Saudia Arabia is governed according to the Islamic Sharia law.