From Arabic قاضي (qāḍī).
qadi (plural qadis) (Islam, law) A civil judge in certain Islamic countries. 1907, Various, The Olive Fairy Book: 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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