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ʿulama

or u·le·ma

[oo-luh-mah]
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plural noun Islam.
  1. the doctors of Muslim religion and law.
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Origin of ʿulama

First recorded in 1680–90, ʿulama is from the Arabic word ʿulamā learned men
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