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A word of disputed etymology, generally accepted to mean “religious leader.” In Pahlavi Iran (1925–79), the word came to have a pejorative connotation; in the government-sanctioned press there, the term was applied to those who were anachronistic and opposed to modernization.

See also Mullah

Subjects: Religion


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