An emirate is a political territory that is ruled by an emir, a dynastic Arab Monarch. The word emirate or amirate comes from Arabic: إمارة, Imaarah ; plural: إمارات, Imaraat. The United Arab Emirates is a federal state of seven federal emirates, each administered by a hereditary emir, these seven elect the federation's President and Prime Minister. Most emirates have either disappeared or become part of a larger modern state, some changed their rulers' title, e.g. to Malik (Arabic for King) or Sultan. Therefore true emirate-states have become rare.
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 of the royal family, as in Saudi Arabian governorates.
List of independent Emirates[change | change source]
List of former and integrated emirates[change | change source]
- The Emirate of Armenia
- Emirate of Sicily, Sicily 965-1072
- Emirate of Granada, Spain 1228-1492
- Emirate of Trarza, modern southwest Mauritania 1640s-1910s
- Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
- Islamic Emirate of Waziristan
- Az Zubayr
- Bahrain, became a kingdom in 2002
References[change | change source]
- "emirate". Cambridge Dictionary. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
- Stig Stenslie, Regime Stability in Saudi Arabia: The Challenge of Succession (London; New York: Routledge, 2012), p. 33