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  • n. Alternative spelling of ummah.

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  • n. the Muslim community or people, considered to extend from Mauritania to Pakistan

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  • "People find many things in their religions—a sense of purpose and metaphysical explanations for human suffering, for example. They may also find a sense of community—the umma of Islam or the neighborliness of a small-town church."
    —Barbara Ehrenreich, Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy (New York: Henry Holt & Co., 2006), 256

    March 18, 2009