The ulama, the learned ones, became an important institution in Islamic societies throughout history since members recognized as such are often sought as interpreters of the Quran and Sunna/hadith. These scholars also became the first to outline and elaborate the basic principles of Islamic law (sharia).
ulama emerged as an influential group during the Umayyad dynasty, a period during which the caliphs were not particularly respected for their erudition and piety. This gave rise toUlama as an independent institution separate from the government.
Please login or Register to submit your answer