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also mul·la  (mŭl′ə, mo͝ol′ə)
n. Islam
1. A religious teacher or leader, especially in Shiite practice.
2. Used as a form of address for such a teacher.

[Urdu mullā, from Persian, from Arabic mawlā, master, friend, from waliya, to become near, be in charge; see wly in Semitic roots.]

mul′lah·ism n.
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(ˈmʌlə; ˈmʊlə) or




(Islam) (formerly) a Muslim scholar, teacher, or religious leader: also used as a title of respect
[C17: from Turkish molla, Persian and Hindi mulla, from Arabic mawlā master]
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or mul•la

(ˈmʌl ə, ˈmʊl ə, ˈmu lə)

n., pl. -lahs or -las.
a Muslim teacher of the sacred law.
[1605–15; < Persian or Urdu mullā < Arabic mawlā master]
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A Turkish word meaning master, used to mean a Muslim teacher, scholar, or religious leader.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mullah - a Muslim trained in the doctrine and law of IslamMullah - a Muslim trained in the doctrine and law of Islam; the head of a mosque
ulama, ulema - the body of Mullahs (Muslim scholars trained in Islam and Islamic law) who are the interpreters of Islam's sciences and doctrines and laws and the chief guarantors of continuity in the spiritual and intellectual history of the Islamic community
Moslem, Muslim - a believer in or follower of Islam
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[ˈmʌlə] Nmullah m
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[ˈmʊlə] nmollah m
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nMullah m
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[ˈmʌlə] nmullah m inv
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References in classic literature ?
He made Kim learn whole chapters of the Koran by heart, till he could deliver them with the very roll and cadence of a mullah. Moreover, he told Kim the names and properties of many native drugs, as well as the runes proper to recite when you administer them.
Kabul: The Taliban late Monday published two photos of a hideout where the group's supreme leader and founder, Mullah Mohammad Omar, allegedly spent the last years of his life.
WASHINGTON -- Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Umar spent his final years near a US base in Afghanistan and rejected suggestions from his aides to move to Pakistan, according to a book published last month.
After the deal with America, if come to power, the Taliban will practise teachings and political ideology of their former supreme leader Ameer ul Momeneen Mullah Omer.
KARACHI -- The Afghan Taliban have appointed Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar as the new head of their political office in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar, as the insurgent group looks to strengthen its hand in peace talks with the United States to end the 17-year Afghan war.
Farhad further added that the loyalists of Mullah Hebatullah and Mullah Rasool clashed with each other, leaving at least 28 militants dead.
KABUL -- Pakistan embassy in Kabul on Sunday confirmed the release of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the co-founder of the Taliban movement and Mullah Abdul Samad Sani, also called Samad Sani, a Taliban commander.
KABUL -- Pakistan Embassy in Kabul on Sunday said Islamabad has released Afghan Taliban's co-founder and former second-in-command Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
Afghan Taliban Co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar alias Mullah Baradar has been released, a spokesperson at the Pakistani diplomatic mission in Kabul acknowledged on Sunday.
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan has released Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a key member of the Afghan Taliban, apparently facilitating the peace talks between the Taliban group, Afghan government, and the United States.
Summary: Karachi [Pakistan], June 24 (ANI): Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud has been appointed as the new chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), following Mullah Fazlullah's death.
KABUL -- Unconfirmed reports have been received about killing of Mullah Fazlullah, the chief of the banned Taliban outfit in drone attack in Kunar province, close to the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.