- the doctors of Muslim religion and law.
Origin of ʿulama
First recorded in 1680–90, ʿulama is from the Arabic word ʿulamā learned men
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Examples from the Web for ulama
The Ulama had persecuted his father and driven him into exile.
No doubt Abul Fazl did his best to make the Ulama uncomfortable.
Within four years they had broken up the power of the Ulama.
Meantime, Ulama, as she had called herself, had been addressing the soldiers.
“A great-great-great-grandson of the great Mellenda,” put in Ulama.
- a body of Muslim scholars or religious leaders
- a member of this body
C17: from Arabic `ulamā scholars, from `alama to know
- a Meso-American team ball game, with a history dating back to as early as 1500 bc, played with a solid rubber ball on a long narrow court
from Nahuatl Ullamalitztli ball game
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