noun (only in plural or taken as collective plural)
- The guardians of legal and religious tradition in Islam; clerics.
Etymology: From Arabic (ARchar, ÙÙ) ("ulamÄ"), plural of (ARchar, ÙÙ) ("Älim) "learned one".
- 2000: For the time being, the faithful must follow their own consciences and learn to distinguish good from evil by themselves, instead of relying on the . " Karen Armstrong, The Battle for God (Harper 2004, p. 131)
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