Definition of ulema
1 plural in construction : the body of mullahs
2 : mullah
Recent Examples of ulema from the Web
But there has been a definite uptick in the targeted killing of scholars — widely known as ulema — as the Taliban have intensified their offensives in the past two years, officials say.
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Origin and Etymology of ulema
Arabic, Turk, & Pers; Turkish & Persian ʽulemā, from Arabic ʽulamā
First Known Use: 1688See Words from the same year
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