\ʃˈi͡əɹɪˌat], \ʃˈiəɹɪˌat], \ʃ_ˈiə_ɹ_ɪ__ˌa_t]\
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By Noah Webster.
The sacred or rather civil-religious law of Turkey, which is founded on the Koran, the Sunna or tradition, the commentaries of the first four caliphs, etc. "The Ulema declared that the Sultan ruled the empire as Caliph, that he was bound by the sheriat, or sacred law ... Civil law can never take the place of the sheriat, and the emancipation of the Christian subjects of the Porte is an impossibility."-Contemp. Rev.
By Daniel Lyons