noun \ˈmə-lə, ˈm-\

Definition of MULLAH

:  an educated Muslim trained in religious law and doctrine and usually holding an official post
mul·lah·ism \-lə-ˌi-zəm\ noun

Origin of MULLAH

Turkish molla & Persian & Urdu mulla, from Arabic mawlā
First Known Use: 1613


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Muslim title applied to a scholar or religious leader, especially in the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. It means “lord” and has also been used in North Africa as an honorific attached to the name of a king, sultan, or member of the nobility. The title is now given to a variety of religious leaders, including teachers in religious schools, scholars of canon law, leaders of prayer in the mosques (imams), and reciters of the Qur'an (qurra'). The word can also refer to the entire class that upholds the traditional interpretation of Islam.


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