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a high official in certain Muslim countries, esp in the former Ottoman Empire. Viziers served in various capacities, such as that of provincial governor or chief minister to the sultan
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title of ministers and highest dignitaries in many Islamic countries. In the Ottoman Empire the supreme or grand vizier (vezir-i-azam, sard-azam) headed the government (the Porte), issued orders (fermans) in the name of the sultan, and signed peace treaties. With the termination of the sultanate in Turkey (1922), this office was abolished.

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Since the emergence of the office of the minister, or vazir, in early Islamic era, there has been a fundamental tension between rulers - be it sultans or shahs - and the minsters that headed the state administration.
The rambling complex as we know it today is largely the result of a building campaign in 1497-99 (Husain Baiqara's second reign, 1470-1506), when the well known vazir Ali Shir Niwa'i supervised an overall renovation of the mosque which ingeniously incorporated the Ghurid portions into the late-Timurid fabric (figure 3).