An emirate is a political territory that is ruled by a dynastic Arab Monarch styled
Etymologically emirate or amirate ( _ar. إمارة, "Imaarah" ; plural: إمارات, "Imaraat") is the quality, dignity, office or territorial competence of any
Emir(prince, governor etc.).
United Arab Emiratesis a federal state that comprises seven federal emirates, each administered by a hereditary emir, these seven forming the electoral collegefor 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.
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 independent Emirates
United Arab Emirates
List of former and integrated emirates
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
The Emirate of Armenia
Islamic Emirate of Waziristan
Bahrain, became a kingdom in 2002
Emirate of Trarza, modern southwest Mauritania1640s-1910s
*The Emirate of Granada, Spain 1228-1492
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