Definitions for ulemaˈu ləˌmɑ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ulema, ulama(noun)

    the body of Mullahs (Muslim scholars trained in Islam and Islamic law) who are the interpreters of Islam's sciences and doctrines and laws and the chief guarantors of continuity in the spiritual and intellectual history of the Islamic community


  1. ulema(Noun)

    The guardians of legal and religious tradition in Islam; clerics.

  2. Origin: From Arabic (‘ulamā’), plural of (‘ālim) ‘learned one’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ulema(noun)

    a college or corporation in Turkey composed of the hierarchy, namely, the imams, or ministers of religion, the muftis, or doctors of law, and the cadis, or administrators of justice

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Ulema

    a body in Turkey, or any Mohammedan country, of the learned in the Mohammedan religion and law, such as the Imams, or religious teachers, the Muftis, or expounders of the law and the Cadis, or judges; its decrees are called "fetvas."


  1. Ulama

    Ulama, also spelled ulema, alimah and "uluma", in contemporary usage by Muslims refers to the religious elite of scholars at the top of the sectarian hierarchy. They mainly specialize in fiqh and are considered the arbiters of sharia law by mainstream sects; nevertheless, their authority is not universally accepted. Islamic jurisprudence in the contemporary world is mainly composed of: Hadith: reports of statements or actions of Muhammad and Tafseer: explanation and interpretations of the Qur'an. Some Muslims use the term ulama to describe only the body of Muslim scholars who have completed several years of training and study of Islamic disciplines, such as a mufti, allamah qadi, faqih, or muhaddith. For them, the status of ulama requires higher standards. Under this definition, ulama are Islamic scholars trained in the whole body of Islamic law. However, other Muslims also include clerics in this category, who may be village mullahs and imams who have attained only the lowest rungs on the ladder of Islamic scholarship.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi:

    Like many other people, we also believe that Mullah Mansour is dead and that's why his deputy ?Sheikh Haibatullah refused access to the ulema council to him.

  2. Mullah Abdul Rauf:

    A number of tribal leaders, jihadi commanders and some ulema (religious council members) and other people have contacted me to tell me that Mullah Rauf had contacted them and invited them to join him.

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