A qadi (Arabic: قاضي‎; an aa cadi, kadi or qāḍī) is the magistrate or judge o the Shariʿa coort, wha an aa exercised extra-judicial functions, such as mediation, guardianship ower orphans an minors, an superveesion an auditin o public wirks.[1] The wird "qadi" comes frae a verb meanin tae "judge" or tae "decide".

Abû Zayd pleads afore the Qadi o Ma'arra (1334).


  1. B. Hallaq, Wael (2009). An Introduction to Islamic law. Oxford University Press. pp. 175–6. ISBN 9780521678735.