Definition of qadi in English:

qadi

(also kadi, cadi)

noun

  • (in Islamic countries) a judge.

    • ‘The rabbis in their pulpits and the kadis in their mosques have erased the word from their lexicon.’
    • ‘Customary law and Muslim law are carried out by the cadis in matters of personal rights and inheritance.’
    • ‘In Islamic history, to be sure, separate functions of government have been identified - the sultan is the military-political ruler, the khalifs and imams have religious authority, and kadis pass judgments in conflicts.’
    • ‘The police and the French gendarmerie help the European judges who dispense justice in the penal system and constitute the court of appeals for the tribunals of Islamic judges (cadis).’
    • ‘Ottoman rulers provided a safe haven in Jerusalem, especially for Jews, who often preferred to settle their disputes in Ottoman courts and submitted to the verdicts awarded by Ottoman kadis (jurists).’

Origin

Late 16th century: from Arabic qāḍī, from qaḍā ‘to judge’.

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