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Diwan


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Central administration of Islamic state or specific branch of government, typically headed by a vizier. States typically had chancellery, financial, and military diwans, with separate diwans for pious foundations, fiefs, taxes, alms, customs, and administration. In literary circles, the term refers to a collection of poetry or prose. In the bureaucratic world, it refers to an archival register.

Subjects: Islam.


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