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, mulla, mollah
(formerly) a Muslim scholar, teacher, or religious leader: also used as a title of respect
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



in Islam, a learned teacher or expounder of religious law and doctrines; usually chosen by a group of believers from among their own number.

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Like Allama Iqbal, Niaz Fatehpuri, too, considered mullahism to be a great impediment in the progress of freedom of thought.
Indonesia's Pantja Sila proposition as to the plurality of religions was an anathema to orthodox Muslims and especially those supporting Pakistan Mullahism.
Why hasn't the government in Islamabad curbed Mullahism? While Rashid's anti-ISI, anti-CIA feelings do show up in his analyses, armed forces do not fare all that well either.