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{{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} {{#invoke:Sidebar|sidebar}} Sheikh (pronounced {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} SHAYK or {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} SHEEK; Arabic: شيخ‎{{#invoke:Category handler|main}} šayḫ [ʃæjx], mostly pronounced [ʃeːx], plural شيوخ{{#invoke:Category handler|main}} šuyūḫ [ʃuju:x])—also transliterated Sheik, Shaik, Shayk, Shaykh, Shaikh, Cheikh, and Shekh— is an honorific title in the Arabic language. It commonly designates the ruler of a tribe, who inherited the title from his father. "Sheikh" is given to a royal male at birth, whereas the related title "Sheikha" is given to a royal female at birth. "Sheikh" also often serves as a title for prominent Islamic leaders or clerics.

Sheikh sections
Intro  Etymology and meaning  Sufi term  Regional usage  For women  See also  Notes  External links  

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