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Anonymous asked in TravelAfrica & Middle EastLebanon · 1 decade ago

What is a sheikh?

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed ...

Sheikh Bahaa al-Hariri delivers a speech...

What does this mean?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Shaikh, also rendered as Sheik, Shaykh or Sheikh (Arabic: شيخ‎), is a word in the Arabic language meaning elder of a tribe, lord, revered wise man, or Islamic scholar. A daughter or wife of a Sheikh is sometimes called Sheikhah (Arabic: شيخة‎).

    The term literally means a man of old age, and is used in that sense in Qur'anic Arabic. Later it came to be a title meaning leader, elder or noble, especially in the Arabian Peninsula, where shaikh became a traditional title of a Bedouin tribal leader in recent centuries.

    The title is not only used by Muslims; it is also used by Arab Christians for elder men of stature, showing that it is independent of religion. Its usage and meaning is similar to the Latin senex meaning old man, from which the English "senator" is derived. It is also used to refer to scholars of various Islamic sciences such as faqihs, muftis, and muhaddiths.

    In the Persian Gulf States the title is used for men of stature, whether they are managers in high posts, wealthy business owners, or local rulers.

    For example, it was the term used in the West to refer to the leaders of Kuwait's ruling al-Sabah dynasty, but the monarchic style was actually Hakim (Arabic 'ruler') until June 19, 1961, when Kuwait joined the Arab League, and the title Emir was adopted; similarly in Bahrain and Qatar. In fact it is used by every male member of all the Gulf royal houses.

    It was also used in certain Islamic parts of Africa, as in imperial Ethiopia by the hereditary Muslim rulers of Bela Shangul, and by certain Muslim notables of Wollo, Tigray and Eritrea.

    In Lebanon, the title and its equivalent female form is used for officially addressing high-status members of the seven traditional Beiruti families and other high-status families such as el Khazen, Hobeich,Al Daher,Abi Saab and others.

    The title is often more informally used to address learned men as a courtesy.

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  • 4 years ago

    Wa alaikum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. A sheikh will get married to a muslimah through proposal from (1)his parents (2)his friends (3)his relatives (4)his followers or (5)his students or even by himself

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  • 1 decade ago

    Sheikhs are actually tribal leaders.

    Interesting story in the LA Times yesterday about tribal loyalties in Yemen outweighing modern ones, even in supposedly modern young men.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    well sheik can mean many things in the gulf its a tribal leader so almost everyone in the government is a tribal leader so sheik

    but also in countries that were under turkish rule sheik is a title the turkish gave to certain families (males only) to honor them and defrentiate them from others u know something like giving them a sheap or paying some money and these titles live on till now .sheik is also a religious leader something like a reverend in islam

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    the first one means a leader or president

    another meaning of sheikh : is a guy who has knowledge in Islamic religion someone that people come and ask for advice and stuff like that

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well mostly Sheikh is used in the gulf region, and the gulf region they dont have presidents like we do , we have the AMIR or prince which we call them sheikh..

    Muslims have a sheikh, a sheikh in the muslim religion is like a priest in the christian religion

    I also agree with kate

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    it has more than one meaning:

    1. in Arab countries, it means leader of a tribe or family

    2. in Islam, it means a religious official

    3. sometimes it is used to praise someone...Sheikh here means something like Lord

    4. it also could mean old aging man

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I live in the UAE and shame on me I don't know the exact meaning.

    But I thing it is something like a King or so.

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  • 1 decade ago

    a religious Muslim

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