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, sheik in Muslim countries
a. the head of an Arab tribe, village, etc.
b. a high priest or religious leader, esp a Sufi master



among Arab nomads the head or leader of a clan, tribe, or tribal alliance. In Islamic countries the term also acquired the general meaning of a venerable man; it is most often applied to leaders of Muslim sects and dervish orders (equivalent terms are “pir” and ’”murshid”), prominent theologians, and Muslim jurists. On the southern Arabian Peninsula and in the area of the Persian Gulf, several small states are ruled by sheikhs.

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Specialiste de l'education, Hassan Cheikh Mohamoud a co-fonde un institut de formation, collabore avec le Fonds des Nations unies pour l'enfance (Unicef), le Programme des Nations unies pour le developpement (Pnud) et travaille comme chercheur sur la resolution des conflits.
beaucoup moins que]Le retour du calme dans la peninsule est une responsabilite conjointe entre les differentes institutions de l'Etat, les citoyens, les cheikhs tribaux et les differents courants[beaucoup plus grand que], a-t-il martele, exhortant toutes les parties a s'epauler pour realiser les objectifs escomptes.
This ban lays bare Algeria at legal and human levels, Mohamed Cheikh told MAP upon his arrival on Tuesday at the Madrid-Barajas airport coming from the Algiers airport, where he and his father were blocked for over 20 hours in degrading conditions.
Cheikh Gom a pris cette decision dans une tentative de dissiper les voyous et les hommes de main qui se sont infiltres parmi les sit-inneurs honnetes.
Le Musee de Charm El Cheikh est construit sur une superficie de 52 feddans.
Sur son compte Twitter, le chef de la diplomatie des Emirats, cheikh Abdallah ben Zayed Al-Nahyane, a estime que cette declaration de M.
Ismaili Moulay Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud and Mohamed Cheikh planned to visit Tindouf camps (south-western Algeria) to meet the wife and children of Mustafa Salma, kidnapped on September 21 by the polisario's militia on his way to join his family in the polisario-run camps.
Summary: Algiers - Mustapha Salma's father and brother, respectively Ismaili Moulay Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud and Mohamed Cheikh, who were heading for the Tindouf camps (southwestern Algeria) to meet the wife and children of the Sahrawi militant, are being blocked in the Algiers airport since the midday, Mustapha Salma's brother said on Monday evening.
Le president de la Republique, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, a adresse un message de felicitations a l'emir du Qatar, cheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani, a l'occasion de l'anniversaire de l'accession au pouvoir de cheikh Jassem Ben Mohamed Ben Thani, fondateur de l'Etat du Qatar.
Al-Azhar, la plus haute institution de l'islam sunnite, a approuve hier jeudi l'initiative recemment lancee par le cheikh Mohamed Hassan "Le Grand Imam d'Al-Azhar, Dr Ahmed el-Tayyeb, a annonce l'approbation officielle d'Al-Azhar de l'initiative d'aide egypto-egyptienne recemment lancee par le cheikh Mohamed Hassan, lors de leur rencontre hier jeudi au matin a la machiakha" (Cabinet du Grand Imam), a annonce un communique du cabinet du Grand cheikh.
Summary: Laayoune - Nkia Bent Cheikh, who recently returned to Morocco along with four other women, said that the majority of the population held against their will in Tindouf camps are waiting for an opportunity to escape the camps and join the Kingdom.
Les associations [beaucoup moins que] El Maghdiria [beaucoup plus grand que] de Mascara et [beaucoup moins que] Ahbab Cheikh Sadek Bedjaoui [beaucoup plus grand que] de Bejaia ont captive l'assistance a la salle Ibn Zeydoun, en cet avant-dernier jour de competition.