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ʾUmma

ʾUmma (Arab., pl. umam). People, community, a powerful and sometimes visionary concept in Islam. The word has various uses in the Qurʾān, but it is used especially in contrast to the social divisions of humanity. While the Qurʾān required Muḥammad to establish an Arab ʿumma out of the disunited tribes, it also envisaged the creation of a single ʿumma transcending the continuing divisions in the world. The first implementation of this in practice can be seen in the Constitution of Madīna.

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umma

umma the whole community of Muslims bound together by ties of religion. The word is Arabic and means literally, ‘people, community’.

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