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A tutelary clan kami in the Shintō tradition.


Scholars involved in research on any of the Islamic sciences based in the Qur'ān, Sunnah, and sharī'ah, such as jurisprudence or theology.

ultimate principle

Term for what in the words of Christian Saint Anselm is "that greater than which nothing can be conceived."


The first Islamic leaders after the Rightly Guided Ones; their dynasty ruled from 661-750 from Damascus, Syria.

Universal House of Justice

The supreme administrative body of the Bahá’í community, ordained by Bahá’u’lláh. Nine members are elected by the membership of the National Spiritual Assemblies. 


Hindu boys of the upper three varṇas are called "twice born" because around twelve years of age they go through this ritual of receiving a sacred thread.


Name of a group of Vedic texts that form the basis of Vedānta studies; their main subject is the relationship between of ātman and Brahman.

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