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ulema

[oo-luh-mah] /ˈu ləˌmɑ/
plural noun
1.
Islam. ʿulama.
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  • Of course, the king had a diplomatic problem of his own religious authorities, the ulema.
British Dictionary definitions for ulema

ulama1

/ˈuːlɪmə/
noun
1.
a body of Muslim scholars or religious leaders
2.
a member of this body
Word Origin
C17: from Arabic `ulamā scholars, from `alama to know

ulema

/ˈuːlɪmə/
noun
1.
a variant of ulama1
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Word Origin and History for ulema
n.

"scholars of Muslim religious law," 1680s, from Arabic 'ulema "learned men, scholars," plural of 'alim "learned," from 'alama "to know."

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Encyclopedia Article for ulema

ulama

the learned of Islam, those who possess the quality of 'ilm, "learning," in its widest sense. From the 'ulama', who are versed theoretically and practically in the Muslim sciences, come the religious teachers of the Islamic community-theologians (mutakallimun), canon lawyers (muftis), judges (qadis), professors-and high state religious officials like the shaikh al-Islam. In a narrower sense, 'ulama' may refer to a council of learned men holding government appointments in a Muslim state

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