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An emirate is a political territory that is ruled by a dynastic Arabic or Islamic monarch-styled emir. The term may also refer to a kingdom.[1]

EtymologyEdit

Etymologically emirate or amirate (Arabic: إمارةimārah, plural: إمارات imārāt) is the quality, dignity, office, or territorial competence of any emir (prince, commander, governor, etc.). In English, the term is pronounced /ˈɛmərət, -ɪər-, -ɪt, -t/ or /ɛˈmɪərət, -ɪt, -t, iˈ-/ in British English and /ˈɛmərət/ or /ɪˈmɪərət/ in American English.[2]

As monarchiesEdit

The United Arab Emirates is a federal state that comprises seven federal emirates, each administered by a hereditary emir, these seven forming the electoral college for the federation's President and Prime Minister. As most emirates have either disappeared, been integrated in a larger modern state or changed their rulers' styles, e.g. to malik (Arabic for king) or sultan, such true emirate-states have become rare.

As provincesEdit

Furthermore, in Arabic the term can be generalized to mean any province of a country that is administered by a member of the ruling class, especially of a member (usually styled emir) of the royal family, as in Saudi Arabian governorates.

List of present emiratesEdit

A list of present independent emirates.

List of former and integrated emiratesEdit

A list of emirates that have either ceased to exist, are not recognized and hold no real power, or were integrated into another country and preserved as "traditional states" arranged by location and in order of the date of the first leader styled "emir."

EuropeEdit

IberiaEdit

Mediterranean regionEdit

CaucasusEdit

AsiaEdit

Near EastEdit

ArabiaEdit

Central Asia and Indian subcontinentEdit

AfricaEdit

North AfricaEdit

NigeriaEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "the definition of emirate". Dictionary.com.
  2. ^ Wells, John C. (2008), Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (3rd ed.), Longman, ISBN 9781405881180