Mollah

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Mollah a Muslim trained in the doctrine and law of Islam; the head of a mosque
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mollah A title of respect used in Islamic countries for one who is learned in Islamic law; a teacher or expounder of Islamic law.
    • Mollah One of the higher order of Turkish; also, a Turkish title of respect for a religious and learned man.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mollah mol′a a Mohammedan title of respect for a learned or religious person: a judge of Moslem law.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ar. maulā, commonly mollā,in Turkey
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Turk. and Pers., from Ar. maulā.

Usage

In literature:

Leave we this to the mollahs and the imauns.
"The Talisman" by Sir Walter Scott
The mollahs and moonshees and treasurers took jewels for the Zenana every moon, and for the gifts of the princes.
"A Fascinating Traitor" by Richard Henry Savage
Embrace the faith of the Prophet," continued he, addressing Gaddo; "become a Mollah.
"The Twilight of the Gods, and Other Tales" by Richard Garnett
He was a very venerable man, of perhaps seventy-five years of age, and his tottering steps were supported by two mollahs.
"The Lands of the Saracen" by Bayard Taylor
I was on the way to become a mollah.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VI." by Various
MOLLAH, a judge of the highest rank among the Turks on matters of law, both civil and sacred.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
The mollah produced a small golden box, from which he took a silver case.
"Across India" by Oliver Optic
A Pir is the Moslim equivalent of a Guru and distinct from the Mollahs or official hierarchy.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
The Mollahs in solemn procession advanced to the ramparts, to shed their benediction on the victorious Hassan Subah.
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
The mollah Nadan gives an account of his new scheme for raising money, and for making men happy.
"The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan" by James Morier
The fourth degree is called Mollah, and their office is the same as the Protestant elder.
"Modern Persia" by Mooshie G. Daniel
We encamped near the hamlet of Saihon, where, though there was no appearance of a mosque, there was not only a mollah but a doctor.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
Twelve old fakirs, and twenty-four mollahs with spectacles, were appointed as examining officers.
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
You are a worthy man, Kasi Mollah!
"The Lion of Janina" by Mór Jókai
Mollah Khan, 82, 170.
"The Life of Yakoob Beg" by Demetrius Boulger
Among the most celebrated of these is Laila Khanum, niece to the above-mentioned Izzet-Mollah.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, No. 362, December 1845" by Various
The mollahs take tithe of all grain, and a fortieth of the cattle.
"Travels in the Steppes of the Caspian Sea, the Crimea, the Caucasus, &c." by Xavier Hommaire de Hell
The friendship of Kizil Akhond, whose real name was Mollah Murad, proved to be of particularly great service to me.
"Árminius Vambéry, his life and adventures" by Árminius Vambéry
There are no fasts or ablutions, mosques or mollahs, or regular prayers.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 7" by Various
Hadji Reschid was a very distinguished mollah, well prepared to receive the divine inspiration, precious heritage of the saints.
"The Catholic World. Volume III; Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6." by E. Rameur
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In poetry:

But Moslem graves, with turban stones,
And mosque-spires gleaming white, in view,
And graybeard Mollahs in low tones
Chanting their Koran service through.
"The Star Of Bethlehem" by John Greenleaf Whittier