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shariʿah

[shah-ree-ah] /ʃɑˈri ɑ/
noun, Islam.
1.
law, seen as deriving from the Koran, hadith, ijmaʿ, and qiyas.
Also, shariʿa.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < Arabic sharīʿah
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British Dictionary definitions for sharia

sharia

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