Definitions for ulemaˈu ləˌmɑ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Category: Eastern Religions
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
The guardians of legal and religious tradition in Islam; clerics.
Origin: From Arabic (‘ulamā’), plural of (‘ālim) ‘learned one’.
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
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."
Ulama, also spelled ulema and "uluma", refers to the educated class of Muslim legal scholars who are polymaths engaged in several fields of Islamic studies. They are well versed in fiqh and are considered the arbiters of sharia law, being Islamic lawyers and are considered the foundation of the law. A female Islamic scholar is known as an alimah. Islamic jurisprudence includes: 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, 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.
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