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or umma

[uhm-uh] /ˈʌm ə/
noun, Islam.
the Islamic community.
Origin of ummah
1880-85; < Arabic: literally, nation Unabridged
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  • In the language of Islam, umma is the world community of Moslems, while wattan is the Motherland.

  • A Lagash force defeated the men of umma, but appears to have done little more than hold in check their aggressive tendencies.

    Myths of Babylonia and Assyria Donald A. Mackenzie
  • The Patesi of umma was evidently determined to free, once and for all, his native state from the yoke of Lagash.

    Myths of Babylonia and Assyria Donald A. Mackenzie
  • No doubt Nin-Girsu represented a school of theology which was associated with unpleasant memories in umma.

    Myths of Babylonia and Assyria Donald A. Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for umma


the Muslim community throughout the world
Word Origin
from Arabic: community
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Word Origin and History for umma

"the Islamic community," founded by Muhammad and bound to one another by religious ties and obligations, 1855, from Arabic 'umma "people, community, nation."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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