or sha·ri·a, sha·ri·ʿah, sha·ri·ah

[shuh-ree-uh, shah-ree-ah]

noun Islam.

law, seen as deriving from the Koran, hadith, ijmaʿ, and qiyas.

Origin of shariʿa

First recorded in 1875–80, shariʿa is from the Arabic word sharīʿah Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the body of canonical law based on the Koran that lays down certain duties and penalties for Muslims

Word Origin for sharia

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for sharia

Islamic religious law, 1855, from Arabic shari'ah "the revealed law," from shar' "revelation."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper