Glossary Terms

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ulama

Pl. of ‘alim, meaning a religious scholar or learned man.

ulema

Pl. of ‘alim, meaning a religious scholar or learned man.

Umayyads

First major ruling Muslim dynasty that was based in Damascus (661–750).

umma

Community; people who are followers of a particular religion or prophet. It refers in particular to the Muslims as a religious community.

ummah

Community; people who are followers of a particular religion or prophet. It refers in particular to the Muslims as a religious community.

ummat al-Muslimin

See umma.

Uqaylids

Muslim dynasty that ruled in Iraq and Syria (992–1096).

uyun

Pl. of ‘ain, meaning ‘eye’; ‘source’ or ‘fountainhead.’

Uyunids

Muslim dynasty that ruled in eastern Arabia in the late 11th and early 12th centuries.