Definitions for "Ulema"
Keywords:  scholars, islam, theology, alim, muslim
A college or body composed of the hierarchy (the imams, or ministers of religion, the muftis, or doctors of law, and the cadis, or administrators of justice). That of Turkey alone now has political power; its head is the sheik ul Islam.
alt. ulama - the learned scholars and interpreters of Islamic religious and legal principles ( sharia )
Religious scholars. In modern Saudi Arabia, they meet weekly with the king and regulate religious life.