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- IPA: /ˈʊləmə/, /ˈuːlɪmə/, /uːləˈmɑː/
ulema (plural only)
- (plural only) The guardians of legal and religious tradition in Islam; clerics.
- 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 ulema. — Karen Armstrong, The Battle for God (Harper 2004, p. 131)