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Grand Mufti

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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

    Grand Mufti

    Also known as shaykh al-Islam. The term refers to the leading mufti serving in an advisory capacity to state and court. The position was first institutionalized by the Ottoman Empire in 1433 . The grand mufti originally served as personal religious adviser to the sultan; he became head of ulama under Mehmed II and was given the power to appoint other ulama in the mid-sixteenth century.

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