- the Islamic community.
Origin of ummah
1880–85; < Arabic: literally, nation
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Examples from the Web for umma
Bin Laden and his successor, Zawahiri, neither speak for the umma nor exercise influence over Arab public opinion.Fawaz A. Gerges on How the Arab Spring Beat Al Qaeda
Fawaz A. Gerges
May 13, 2012
In the language of Islam, umma is the world community of Moslems, while wattan is the Motherland.The Civilization of Illiteracy
A Lagash force defeated the men of Umma, but appears to have done little more than hold in check their aggressive tendencies.
The Patesi of Umma was evidently determined to free, once and for all, his native state from the yoke of Lagash.
No doubt Nin-Girsu represented a school of theology which was associated with unpleasant memories in Umma.
- the Muslim community throughout the world
from Arabic: community
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