Sheikhdom

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Sheikh Sattam de Haddadin of Palmyra, by Alexandr Evgenievich Yacovleff.

A sheikhdom (alt. sheikdom) (Arabic: مشيخة‎ [Mashyakhah]) is a geographical area or a society ruled by a tribal leader called sheikh (Arabic: شيخ‎).[1] Sheikhdoms exist almost exclusively within Arab countries, particularly in the Arabian Peninsula.

The word is generally used as a descriptive term for political systems rather than as a noun (such as the case is with "Kingdom"), and although some countries are ruled by a sheikh, they are not typically referred to as sheikdoms, but kingdom, emirate, or simply state, and their ruler usually has another royal title such as king or emir.

See also

References

  1. ^ http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/sheikhdom

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Media Use
  • Asia Times
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