Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun plural Muslim scholars trained in Islam and Islamic law.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The Moslem doctors of sacred law and theological science, especially those belonging to the religious hierarchy of the Turkish empire, with the Sheik ul Islam at their head: a collective term.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Islam) A college or body composed of the hierarchy (the imams, or ministers of religion, the muftis, or doctors of law, and the cadis, or administrators of justice). That of Turkey alone now has political power; its head is the sheik ul Islam.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun plurale tantum The guardians of legal and religious tradition in Islam; clerics.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Turkish 'ulemā, from Arabic ‘ulamā’, wise men, pl. of ‘ālim, wise, learned, active participle of ‘alima, to know; see עlm in Semitic roots.]

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From Arabic علماء (‘ulamā’), plural of عالم (‘ālim) ‘learned one’.

Examples

  • Kandahar clerics sympathetic to the Taliban, however, say they understand why the Islamic scholars, known as ulema, are being targeted.

    Taliban Gag Kandahar's Clerics to Keep Grip on City

  • Kandahar clerics sympathetic to the Taliban, however, say they understand why the Islamic scholars, known as ulema, are being targeted.

    Taliban Gag Kandahar's Clerics to Keep Grip on City

  • Kandahar clerics sympathetic to the Taliban, however, say they understand why the Islamic scholars, known as ulema, are being targeted.

    Taliban Gag Kandahar's Clerics to Keep Grip on City

  • This theme has ample support in the Koran, hadith, and rulings of the ulema, that is, usul al-fiqh (roots of Muslim jurisprudence).

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  • All that matters is what do Allah (via the Koran) and his prophet Muhammad (through the Hadith) have to say about any given thing; and how Islam's greatest theologians and jurists-collectively known as the ulema, literally, the "ones who know" - have articulated it.

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  • All that matters is what do Allah (via the Koran) and his prophet Muhammad (through the Hadith) have to say about any given thing; and how Islam's greatest theologians and jurists-collectively known as the ulema, literally, the "ones who know" - have articulated it.

    Jihad Watch

  • All that matters is what do Allah (via the Koran) and his prophet Muhammad (through the Hadith) have to say about any given thing; and how Islam's greatest theologians and jurists-collectively known as the ulema, literally, the "ones who know" - have articulated it.

    Jihad Watch

  • All that matters is what do Allah (via the Koran) and his prophet Muhammad (through the Hadith) have to say about any given thing; and how Islam's greatest theologians and jurists-collectively known as the ulema, literally, the "ones who know" - have articulated it.

    Jihad Watch

  • All that matters is what do Allah (via the Koran) and his prophet Muhammad (through the Hadith) have to say about any given thing; and how Islam's greatest theologians and jurists-collectively known as the ulema, literally, the "ones who know" - have articulated it.

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  • By the whole nation, I mean its people, its scholars, its 'ulema', its judiciary and law enforcement, i.e. each and every segment of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is equally responsible for his fate.

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