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It is used as an honorific in Sunni Islam as well as in Shia Islam, mostly in South Asia, Middle East and Iran. Sunnis and Shias who have achieved the rank of a scholarship in several disciplines are often referred to by the title.
- 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". www.almaany.com. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
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