qadi

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From Arabic قاضي (qāḍī).

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qadi (plural qadis)

  1. (Islam, law) A civil judge in certain Islamic countries. [from 16th c.]
    • 1907, Various, The Olive Fairy Book[1]:
      To this the Jew agreed, and the two went together to the great hall, in which the kadi was administering justice.
    • 1985, Yasmin Hussain, Sharon Siddique, Ahmad Ibrahim, Readings on Islam in Southeast Asia:
      legal treatises dealing with the subject usually spoke of the appointment to office of a qadi [...].
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 74:
      The Qazi, his spiritual adviser, had recommended that the Russian be taken out into the desert and buried alive [...].
    • 2011, Jill Hamilton, The Guardian, 22 Jul 2011:
      While sharia law for divorce in many Muslim countries has been modified by governments, in Israel reform was initiated by qadis.

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