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shariʿa

or sha·ri·a, sha·ri·ʿah, sha·ri·ah

[shuh-ree-uh, shah-ree-ah]
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noun Islam.
  1. law, seen as deriving from the Koran, hadith, ijmaʿ, and qiyas.
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Origin of shariʿa

First recorded in 1875–80, shariʿa is from the Arabic word sharīʿah
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sharia

sheria

noun
  1. the body of canonical law based on the Koran that lays down certain duties and penalties for Muslims
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Word Origin

Arabic
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Word Origin and History for sharia

n.

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

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