Contrary to popular belief, there are many forms of religious authority within Islam. However, they are scarcely institutionalized and hierarchized, especially in the Sunni world. This article aims at clarifying the role and function of ulama, by retracing their history and showing their significance for the present. In fact, their voice is still influential both in Islamic countries and among European Muslims. While many predicted their end, they were able to adapt to the radical changes induced by technology and today they are at the center of a project of re-institutionalization of Islam actively pursued by several states. Italian version: https://www.oasiscenter.eu/it/ulema-chi-sono French version: https://www.oasiscenter.eu/fr/qui-sont-les-oulmas
Lingua originaleEnglish
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2018


  • Religious authority in Islam
  • Ulama


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