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Aalim (Arabic: عالِم‎; plural: Ulama) in its original meaning is known as a scholar.[1] More specifically, in Sunni Islam, an aalim is regarded as the one who protects and explains religious knowledge of Islam.[2] Ulama are educated in religious schools called madrasas. By tradition, a student who had completed his studies was accepted by his teacher. The student was given the permission for teaching and for giving lawful opinions, called fatwa. Through time, this practice established a chain of teachers and pupils.[3][4]

Branches of learning[change | change source]

The branches of learning include, Theology, Mysticism, Law, Philosophy and Ethics.

References[change | change source]

  1. A.C. Brown, Jonathan (2014). Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet's Legacy. Oneworld Publications. p. 3. ISBN 978-1-78074-420-9. The ulama (literally, the learned ones)
  2. Hunwick, J. O.; Lin, Chang-Kuan; Hooker, M. B.; Nizami, K. A.; Repp, R. C.; Gilliot, Cl (24 April 2012). "ʿUlamāʾ". Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition. doi:10.1163/1573-3912_islam_com_1278 – via referenceworks.brillonline.com.
  3. Makdisi, George (1 April 1989). "Scholasticism and Humanism in Classical Islam and the Christian West". Journal of the American Oriental Society. 109 (2): 175. doi:10.2307/604423.
  4. Graham, William (1993). "Traditionalism in Islam: An essay in interpretation". Journal of Interdisciplinary history. 23 (3): 495–522.