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Mawla

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The Oxford Dictionary of Islam What is This? Covers the religious, political, and social spheres of global Islam in the modern world

    Mawla

    Protector, master. Also mawlau . From Arabic waliya, “to be close to,” “to have power over.” Has entered a number of languages as a loan word (e.g., Persian mullah ). Can have reciprocal meanings depending on whether it is in the active or passive voice: master or slave, patron or client, and friend. In Sufism and Shiism, a spiritual protector or saint. Spelled mawlay, moulay, or mulay in the Maghreb and Andalusia. In Morocco, refers to descendants of Muhammad.

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