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Qanun is an Arabic word (Arabic: قانون‎‎, qānūn; Ottoman Turkish: قانون‎, kānūn, derived from Ancient Greek: κανών kanōn, which is also the root for the modern English word "canon"). It can refer to laws established by Muslim sovereigns, in particular the Ottoman sultans, in contrast to sharia, the body of law elaborated by Muslim jurists. It is thus frequently translated as "dynastic law". The idea of kanun first entered the Muslim World in the thirteenth century, as i ...more

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