Shafiʽi

noun
Sha·​fiʽi | \ ˈshafēˌē, ˈshäf- \
plural -s

Definition of Shafiʽi

1 : an orthodox school of Muslim jurisprudence predominating in southern Arabia and Indonesia — compare hanafi , hanbali , maliki
2 or Shafiʽite \ -​fēˌīt \ [shafiʽite from al-Shafiʽi + English -ite] : a follower of the Shafiʽi school

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History and Etymology for Shafiʽi

after al-Shafiʽia.d. 820 Arab scholar and religious leader

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“Shafiʽi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Shafi%CA%BDi. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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