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Of or relating to one of the four Sunni schools of Islamic law, founded in the 8th cent. and based on the teachings of Mālik ibn Anas, now prevalent mainly in western and northern Africa. Also absol.: the school itself.
A member of this school.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in John Ray (1627–1705), naturalist and theologian. From Arabic mālikī from the name of Mālikibn Anas (d. 795), Muslim jurist + -ī.
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