Shaikh al-Islam

noun

¦shāˌkalə̇¦släm,
¦shīˌk-
variants or Sheikh ul Islam
-ku̇l-
in the Ottoman Empire
: the chief judge of any of various large Muslim cities
especially : the grand mufti of Constantinople

Word History

Etymology

Arabic shaykh al-islām

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“Shaikh al-Islam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Shaikh%20al-Islam. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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