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Wāli or vali (from Arabic والي Wāli), transcribed waalee, is an administrative title that was used during the Arab Empire and Ottoman Empire to designate governors of administrative divisions. It is still in use in some countries affected by Arabic culture. The division that a Wāli governs is called Wilayah.
Iranian (Persian) term
Ottoman Empire term
"Wāli" was the title in the Ottoman Empire of the most common type of Ottoman governor, in charge of a wilayah (vilayet in Ottoman Turkish), often a military officer such as a pasha; see Subdivisions of the Ottoman Empire.
Omani Sultanate term
Since 1997 regionalisation reform, a Wāli is the governor of one of the sixteen regions of Morocco.
In Pakistan the rulers of the former princely state of Swat were giving the title of Wali.
Sultan of Egypt
|Style of the Egyptian sovereign