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, beylerbeyi, Turkish title meaning ‘ beg of the begs ’, ‘commander of the commanders’. Like other titles it suffered progressive debasement: having originally designated ‘commander-in-chief of the army’ it came to mean ‘provincial governor’ and finally was no more than an honorary rank. In the first sense it was used by the Sald̲j̲ūḳs of Rūm as an alternative title for the malik al-umarāʾ and by the Ilk̲h̲ānids as the title of the chief of the four umarāʾ al-ulus . In the empire of the Golden Horde the title was used for all the umarāʾ al-ulus. In Mamlūk Egypt it was perhaps used for the atābak al…

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Ménage, V.L., “Beglerbegi”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 01 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_1355>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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