Sharia (Shari’a, Shariah)

(law) Islamic canon law. (Literally: “the right path.” Pronounced shuh REE uh.) The traditional code of Islamic civil and criminal law based on the Quran (Koran), the sacred book of Islam, which Muslims consider the actual word of God (Allah). Sharia is also based on the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad and interpretations of the Prophet’s teachings by certain Muslim legal scholars.

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