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  • n. Variant of ulema.

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  • n. A (modern) ball game, descended from tlachtli.
  • n. Alternative form of ulema.

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  • n. 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


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Ultimately from Classical Nahuatl ōllamaliztli. See also ullamaliztli.


  • The game they played was quite different from the Aztecs 'and, in fact, a form of it, called ulama is still played today in Sinaloa.

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  • It is believed that the original game, known as ulama (from the Nahuatl word "olli" meaning rubber), was invented by the Olmecs (the word Olmec is also believed to be derived from the Nahuatl word "olli") around 1500BC.

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  • Its author had asked a number of Pakistan's Muslim scholars -- known as ulama

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  • The modern version of this game, known as ulama, is played mainly in the western state of Sinaloa. | news

  • Biasanya ulama akan mengeluarkan kenyataan berasaskan sesuatu zaman.

    ~penarik beca

  • Eric knew the original message of Islam better than all the mullahs and the so-called "ulama" combined.

    Adventures of an Islamic Reformer at Oxford, London, and Istanbul

  • Provincial Governor Abdusakur Tan, head of the negotiating team seeking to free the two International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) workers, said the region's chief "ulama", or Muslim preacher, would try to convince the Abu Sayyaf extremists to release the hostages.


  • SHAH ALAM: Nasharudin Mat Isa retained the post of PAS deputy president and Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man won one of the three posts of vice-president as the party maintained its tradition of electing "ulama" (Islamic scholars) to its top posts.

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  • The imams understand our angle to this story," says Dikko, noting that religious authorities, including the ulama council – comprised of imams who officially oversee Muslim affairs in the city – have welcomed dialogue with hospital staff and public health groups about how women in their communities can give birth more safely."

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  • Instead, it will grow out of a natural conversation between the traditionally trained scholars of Islam (ulama) and the activist minded modern intellectuals (mufakkirun) that places Muslim pragmatism and Islamic viability at the center.

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    September 14, 2007

  • Term in Islam meaning the community of learned men.

    The direct translation would be 'the ones possessing knowledge'.

    September 14, 2007