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ʿulama

or ulema

[oo-luh-mah] /ˈu ləˌmɑ/
plural noun, Islam.
1.
the doctors of Muslim religion and law.
Origin of ʿulama
1680-1690
First recorded in 1680-90, ʿulama is from the Arabic word ʿulamā learned men
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