Ulema definition

o͝olə-mä
Muslim scholars trained in Islam and Islamic law.
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Muslim scholars or men of authority in religion and law.
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A council or college of such men.
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(plural only) The guardians of legal and religious tradition in Islam; clerics.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of ulema - olema

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ulema
Plural:
ulemas

Origin of ulema

  • Turkish 'ulemā from Arabic ‘ulamā’ wise men pl. of ‘ālim wise, learned active participle of ‘alima to know ʕlm in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Arabic علماء ("˜ulamā'), plural of عالم ("˜Älim, “learned one").

    From Wiktionary