Shaikh al-Islam

\ ¦shāˌkalə̇¦släm, ¦shīˌk- \
variants: or Sheikh ul Islam \ -​ku̇l-​ \

Definition of Shaikh al-Islam

in the Ottoman Empire
: the chief judge of any of various large Muslim cities especially : the grand mufti of Constantinople

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History and Etymology for Shaikh al-Islam

Arabic shaykh al-islām

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“Shaikh al-Islam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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