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[shuh-ree-uh, shah-ree-ah] /ʃəˈri ə, ʃɑˈri ɑ/
noun, Islam.
law, seen as deriving from the Koran, hadith, ijmaʿ, and qiyas.
Also, sharia, shariʿah, shariah.
Origin of shariʿa
1875-80; < Arabic sharīʿah Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sharia
  • Towards a glorious new leap forward into secular sharia under a one world government, or something.
  • sharia law, etc represent abominations to anyone that supports freedom and human dignity.
  • Now, apparently, demand for sharia-compliant hotels is the next big thing.
  • There are parallel secular and sharia courts, and the sharia court rulings take precedent.
  • Many of these local systems of governance relied on clan-based sharia courts, which provided improved law and order.
British Dictionary definitions for sharia


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