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  • noun an Islamic judge


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From Arabic قاضي (qāḍī).


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  • After a decade of wandering Mamma Haidara returned an educated man, and was named by the scholars of Bamba the town's qadi, the Islamic judicial authority responsible for mediating property disputes and presiding over marriages and divorces.
    Joshua Hammer, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016), ch. 1.

    May 15, 2016