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Allāmah (Arabic: عَلَّامة,[1] Urdu and Persian: علامه, meaning 'learned') is an Islamic honorary title for a profound scholar, a polymath, a man of vast reading and erudition, or a great learned one.[2]

The title is carried by scholars of Islamic fiqh (jurisprudence) and philosophy. It is used as an honorific in Sunni Islam as well as in Shia Islam, mostly in South Asia, the Middle East and Iran. Sunnis and Shias who have achieved scholarship in several disciplines are often referred to by the title. It is also used for philosophers, such as Allama Iqbal.

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  1. ^ Team, Almaany. "تعريف و شرح و معنى علامة بالعربي في معاجم اللغة العربية معجم المعاني الجامع، المعجم الوسيط ،اللغة العربية المعاصر ،الرائد ،لسان العرب ،القاموس المحيط - معجم عربي عربي صفحة 1". Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  2. ^ Phyllis G. Jestice (2004). Holy People of the World: A Cross-cultural Encyclopedia, Volume 3. ABC-CLIO. p. 367. ISBN 9781576073551. Archived from the original on April 17, 2019. Retrieved July 2, 2020.