from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Islam The code of law based on the Koran.
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- n. traditional Islamic religious law; it covers the totality of religious, political, social and private life making no distinction between religion and life, in other words between transgressions of moral rules (sin) and of social rules.
Arabic šarī'a, divinely ordained law, from šara'a, to prescribe or ordain (of God); see śrʿ in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Arabic شريعة way to the water (Wiktionary)