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Wazīr
(14,750 words)

(a.), vizier or chief minister.

I. In the Arab World

1. The ʿAbbāsids.

Etymology

The term wazīr occurs in the Ḳurʾān (XXV, 35: “We gave Moses the book and made his brother Aaron a wazīr with him”), where it has the sense of “helper”, a meaning well attested in early Islamic poetry (for examples, see Goitein, The origin of the vizierate, 170-1). Though several scholars have proposed Persian origins for the term and for the institution, there is no compelling reason to doubt the Arabic …

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Zaman, Muhammad Qasim, Bianquis;, Th., Eddé, Anne-Marie, Carmona, A., Lambton, Ann K.S and Halil İnalcik, “Wazīr”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 23 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_1346>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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