Chapter 4. The ‘Ulama’: Status and Function

  1. Youssef M. Choueiri
  1. Zouhair Ghazzal

Published Online: 26 NOV 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470996423.ch5

A Companion to the History of the Middle East

A Companion to the History of the Middle East

How to Cite

Ghazzal, Z. (2005) The ‘Ulama’: Status and Function, in A Companion to the History of the Middle East (ed Y. M. Choueiri), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470996423.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 NOV 2007
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405106818

Online ISBN: 9780470996423

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Keywords:

  • islam;
  • the ulama;
  • caliph;
  • islamic history;
  • politics

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction: the Early Caliphate

  • The 'Abbasid State and its Ulama

  • The Ottoman Reforms

  • An Institution of Higher Learning: the Azhar

  • The Iranian Shi'i Ulama

  • The Iraqi Shi'i Ulama

  • Conclusion: the Pitfalls of the Modern Nation-state and the Ulama's Crisis