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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
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



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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Ameer Jamat e Islami Balochistan also criticized on the provincial government and said present Balochistan government is also a continuation of former regimes.
Scores in brief: D.S.A CC 20 - 3 in 20 overs (Ameer Raza 111 not out, Anus Ahmed 51, Shodair Mirza 28: Syed Ather 1-26) : Al AMIR COLTS CC 128-10 in 20 overs ( Habib Ullah 48, Rasheed Khan 15: Sajjad Mushtaq 2- 8, Uzair Akber 2-15, M.Waseem 2-17).
DSA CC 206-3 in 20 overs (Ameer Raza 111 not out, Anus Ahmed 51, Shodair Mirza 28); AL-AMIR COLTS CC 128 in 19.5 overs (Habibullah 48; Sajjad Mushtaq 2-8, Uzair Akbar 2-15, Mohammad Wasim 2-17).
Principal Ameer Uddin Medical College elaborated that the administration had allowed every student to bring two guests with him in the convocation.
Sources further said the FIA has recommended departmental action against 11 NHA officials and blacklisting of Ameer Muqam and Company.
He said that for the guidance of the members, the Shura had proposed three names for the office of the Ameer. The three names recommended this time were Sirajul Haq, Liaqat Baloch and Prof Muhammad Ibrahim Khan.
Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq said the educated young men were disappointed as the government's promise to create ten million jobs was nowhere to be seen.
"Prayers and condolences on the passing of Ameer Tableeghi Jamaat Haji Abdul Wahab.
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Haji Abdul Wahab, the Ameer of Tableeghi Jamaat.
Ameer, who has over 10,000 employees under his wings, said a comfortable rate for him would be a steady increase of RM50 to RM100 annually per employee.
Nearly 18 years ago, Sheeba Ameer left Qatar for India to tend to her ailing daughter.
Eastern Provincial politician Ameer Ali of Vanni MP Rishad Bathiudeen's ACMC, has been proposed for the vacancy created in Parliament by the resignation of AHM Azwer (UPFA MP) today.