ʿulama

or u·le·ma

[ oo-luh-mah ]
/ ˈu ləˌmɑ /
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plural noun Islam.

the doctors of Muslim religion and law.

Nearby words

  1. ʿain,
  2. ʿalawite,
  3. ʿarafat,
  4. ʿashuraʾ,
  5. ʿayn,
  6. ʿumrah,
  7. α,
  8. β,
  9. γ,
  10. δ, δ

Origin of ʿulama

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

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ulema

/ (ˈuːlɪmə) /

noun

a body of Muslim scholars or religious leaders
a member of this body

Word Origin for ulama

C17: from Arabic `ulamā scholars, from `alama to know

noun

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

Word Origin for ulama

from Nahuatl Ullamalitztli ball game

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