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Shafiʿi

[shaf-ee-ee, shah-fee-ee]
noun
  1. one of the four schools of Islamic law, founded by al-Shafiʿi.
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Compare Hanafi, Hanbali, Maliki.

Origin of Shafiʿi

< Arabic Shāfiʿī, derivative of name of founder al-Shāfiʿī
Related formsShaf·i·ʿite, noun
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Word Origin and History for shafi'i

Shafi'i

n.

member of one of the four principal schools of Sunni Muslims, 1704, from Arabic, from ash-Shafi'i, cognomen of founder Abu Abdallah Muhammad ibn Idris (767-819). Related: Shafi'ite.

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