Definition of sharia
: Islamic law based on the Koran
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Interest is prohibited under sharia law, so the move was lauded as a step towards expanding financial services for the country’s large and often poor Muslim minority.
Hundreds of thousands fled as the extremists began to enforce their violent rule, which included public beheadings and the enforcement of sharia law.
But she's also faced criticism from women's rights advocates for her defense of sharia law and other positions.
According to the Washington Post, there are 10 countries where homosexuality — or any deviation from heterosexuality — may be punishable by death (the punishment typically depends on that country’s interpretation of the Muslim sharia law).
Nor will the party that turned a centrist technocrat into a sharia-socialist have trouble demonizing Pelosi’s successor.
With the anti-sharia group inside, about 300 counterprotesters demonstrated on the front steps of the Capitol.
The events target sharia, which is guidance developed from the Quran that helps shape the legal systems in many Islamic countries.
Semi-autonomous Aceh province is governed by sharia Islamic law.
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Origin and Etymology of sharia
First Known Use: 1855See Words from the same year
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Definition of sharia for English Language Learners
: the religious laws based on the Koran that Muslims follow
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