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or ulema

[oo-luh-mah] /ˈu ləˌmɑ/
plural noun, Islam.
the doctors of Muslim religion and law.
Origin of ʿulama
First recorded in 1680-90, ʿulama is from the Arabic word ʿulamā learned men Unabridged
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  • To pacify the ulema, always wary of any rival forum, this initial gathering consisted entirely of men who were clerics.

  • Rather, the leadership of the ulema in Egypt and in other important Muslim centers should do it for the Afghan people.

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a variant of ulama1
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Word Origin and History for ulema

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

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