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Glossary of Terms: Q


Qadi

A Muslim judge who renders decisions according to the Shariah (canon law of Islam)

Qi

Qi

Qi Taoism

"breath" (Chinese), the ethereal matter from which all things are made; also spelled "ch'i"

Qigong

"practice of qi," referring to martial arts or therapeutic techniques (breathing practices)

Qiyas

Lit. “measure” or “scale”; In Islamic law, analogical reasoning as applied to the deduction of juridical principles from the Quran and the Sunnah (community practice)

Quran

Sacred scripture of Islam, regarded by Muslims as the infallible Word of God, a perfect transcription of an eternal tablet revealed to the prophet Muhammad; also spelled Koran

Qurra

Professional class of reciters of the text of the Quran; singular form “qari”