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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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Youre going to see a huge explosion in the demand for home care, because health insurance companies will realize that tasks historically done by skilled home health can now be done by CNA-level staff, Sheik told Home Health Care News.
Sola Fasure, Aregbesola described Sheik Salaudeen as a devout Muslim, erudite scholar and fervent believer, who was one of the leading lights of Islam in the state and in Nigeria.
Information available to us suggests that Sheik Zakzaky and his wife are still in DSS custody and have remained there ever since their arrest in December 2015.
Just to remind you, Fergie was filmed with the Fake Sheik demanding PS500,000 for access to ex-husband Prince Andrew, then a trade envoy for Britain, and said: "Look after me and he'll look after you.
The sheik, who is seriously ill with cancer, tried to block her alimony bid by claiming he had immunity because of his diplomatic status.
Sheik Hatem el-Shenawi is accustomed to both the magic and madness of life in the limelight.
There's no heart but lots of blood in "American Psycho," Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's witty musical treatment of the scandalous 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis (and the sicko-sexy 2000 film version starring Christian Bale) about a serial killer with a day job as a Wall Street investment banker.
Var of the university where Saudi Sheik gave seminary there
She also told of her grief at the loss of Sheku - who she called Sheik - and how their five-month-old son Isaac constantly reminds her of his dad.
KUWAIT, Nov 2 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah will sponsor Wednesday a UNESCO ceremony to honor late Sheik Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as an international personality of educational and cultural achievements, a senior official at the Amiri Diwan said on Sunday.
Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, better known to fans of American professional "wrestling" as the Iron Sheik, has bad knees now and often moves about in a wheelchair.
Farouq al-Jughaifi, Haditha's Police Chief, said a suicide bomber in western Iraq has killed Sheik Saeed Fleih al-Osman, a prominent pro-government tribal sheik and leader of the town's anti-al-Qaida Sunni tribal militias, as well as six of his militiamen.