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 (ə-mîr′, ā-mîr′)
Variant of emir.


1. (Islam) a variant spelling of emir
2. (Historical Terms) (formerly) the ruler of Afghanistan; ameer
[C19: from Arabic, variant of emir]
aˈmirate n


(əˈmɪər, eɪˈmɪər)

1. a prince, commander, or head of state in some Islamic countries.
2. a title of honor of the descendants of Muhammad.
3. (cap.) the former title of the ruler of Afghanistan.
4. a title of certain Turkish officials.
[1615–25; < Arabic amīr commander]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.amir - an independent ruler or chieftain (especially in Africa or Arabia)amir - an independent ruler or chieftain (especially in Africa or Arabia)
Arabia, Arabian Peninsula - a peninsula between the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf; strategically important for its oil resources
Africa - the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
ruler, swayer - a person who rules or commands; "swayer of the universe"
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The latest installment of the third edition of the Encyclopedia of Islam contains articles on such matters as the golden age of Islamic architecture in C rdoba during the Umayyad amirate and caliphate between 138/756 and 400/1010, second-third/eighth-ninth-century Shi'i theological Ibn Mitham, Baghdad Aristotelian Abu 'Ali Ibn al-Samh, the historic town of Kalyana in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, and the prominent family of physicians Banu Zuhr in sixth/12th-century al-Andalus.
However, the British gradually leaned towards Al-Saud as their potentially main reliable ally in Arabia, and as a result supported Al-Saud's successful bid over Al-Rashid amirate in 1921, the most formidable enemy of the Al-Saud in Najd.
7- Amirate : Pensionnaire de Djelfa qui a realise quelques bons essais au cours de ses dernieres sorties, fera partie de la longue liste des possibilites de l'epreuve du jour.
One of the merits of Meloy's book is to remind us that the state of relationships between two powers such as the Mamluk sultanate and the amirate of Mecca was more complex than we generally assume.
"Taxation in the Amirate of Mecca during the Medieval Period." Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London 58, 1 (1995): 1-16.
Azzam wanted to perfect the Islamic Amirate in Afghanistan and Bin Laden wanted to return battle-hardened Arab veterans to their respective countries to foment an lslamist Radical revolution.
The author states that Islam's final victory will not occur until "a Muslim state is established in the manner of the Prophet in the heart of the Muslim world," an entity he later refers to as an "amirate" or "caliphate." According to the author, however, victory in Iraq must precede any such endeavor.
Further afield, the Almohad remnant in North Africa was locked in mortal combat with the rising Marinids, and the Hafsid amirate had sought rapprochement with King James.