1. In Sunni Islam, a scholar or cleric specializing in interpreting religious law.

2. As a title, used to indicate respect for a Muslim man.

The term "mullah" has a slightly different connotation in the West, ever since the Iranian Revolution. The term is used to refer to theocrats in fundamentalist regimes, and implies that the cleric holds an anti-Western or anti-modern stance.

Mul"lah (?), n.

See Mollah.

 

© Webster 1913.

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