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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British Dictionary definitions for ulema

ulema

/ (ˈuːlɪmə) /

noun

a variant of ulama 1
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Word Origin and History for ulema

ulema

n.

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

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