Shari?a ("Way," in Arabic)

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SHARIʿA ("way," in Arabic)

Islamic religious law from the Qurʾan and the Sunna. The Shariʿa establishes laws concerning worship (d"n, madhab) as well as principles concerning human social and juridical behavior (dunyâ, milla). The Shariʿa is interpreted and practiced differently by different schools of law and even by each Muslim.

SEE ALSO Qurʾan; Sunna.