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Emirate
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An emirate is a political territory that is ruled by a dynastic Arabic or Islamic monarch-styled emir.[1]
Etymology
Etymologically emirate or amirate (Arabic: إمارةimārah, plural: إماراتimārāt) is the quality, dignity, office, or territorial competence of any emir (prince, commander, governor, etc.). In English, the term is pronounced /
ˈɛmərət
, -ɪər-, -
ɪt
, -
eɪt
/ or /
ɛˈmɪərət
, -
ɪt
, -
eɪt
,
-/ in British English and /
ˈɛmərət
/ or /
ɪˈmɪərət
/ in American English.[2]
As monarchies
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 provinces
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 emirates
Location of Kuwait (red), Qatar (green), and the emirates of the United Arab Emirates
A list of present independent emirates:
List of former and integrated emirates
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."
Africa
Ghana
Zabarma Emirate Northeastern Ghana 1860s-1897
Niger
Emirate of Say South-western Niger 19th Century- (integrated)
Nigeria
North Africa
Asia
Arabia
Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent
Near East
Europe
Caucasus
Iberia
Mediterranean region
See also
References
  1. ^ "The definition of emirate". Dictionary.com.
  2. ^ Wells, John C. (2008), Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (3rd ed.), Longman, ISBN 9781405881180
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