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in the Islamic world
1. an independent ruler or chieftain
2. a military commander or governor
3. a descendant of Mohammed



in the countries of the Orient, a title for Muslim rulers equivalent to the title of prince. Until the adoption of Islam in the seventh century, the title emir was applied to military leaders; it was later used for Muslim rulers with secular and religious power, such as the emir of Bukhara and the emir of Afghanistan. The title is given to the sons of Arab monarchs in certain countries, including Saudi Arabia. The leaders of large groups of pilgrims to Mecca are also called emirs.

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A palace source from Azare told Saturday Tribune that the new Emir, popularly called Baba Umar Faruk, got four out of the five votes cast by the kingmakers of Katagum Emirate to beat two of his contenders, thereby becoming the Deputy Chairman of Bauchi State Council of Traditional Rulers.
Sayyid Fahd thanked the Emir of Qatar and his accompanying delegation for the visit.
HH the Emir hosted an luncheon banquet in honor of HE the Kuwaiti First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister and his accompanying delegation.
Emir Sheikh Tamim and Sheikha Anoud bint Mana Al Hajri got married in 2009, four years after the emir's first marriage in 2005.
President Sirisena and the visiting Emir of Qatar held bilateral discussions at the Presidential Secretariat today.
The Prime Minister also shook hands with the entourage of the Qatari Emir.
The emir is the second-highest Muslim authority in Nigeria.
However, DEC has placed Emiratisation on the top of its 2014-15 agenda and there will be ongoing joint future projects with EMIR in the direction that promoting the vital role of public-private partnership in public policy for enhanced Emiratisation in the private sector," said Hani Al Hamli, Secretary General of the DEC.
Tamim assumed the helm as Qatar's emir in June, after his father abdicated.
Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani visited Cairo on Wednesday to meet with President Mohamed Morsy for the second time since the Egyptian president was elected.
Sharli, who briefed Monday the House Committee on Development Plans and Public Expenditure Control on this issue, said that President Demetris Christofias sent on April 2 a letter to the Emir, asking him to clarify his intentions.
The Emir of Qatar would be accompanied by his wife Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, a high-level ministerial delegation, senior officials and businessmen during the visit.