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From the Arabic root amara ("to command") amir is traditionally defined as military commander, leader, governor, or prince. Although the word amir is not found in the Qur'an (its root appears once as ulu'alamr (those in authority) in surah 4.59, 83), it does have Islamic origins. Although different shades of the meaning of amir can be gleaned from the rich prophetic traditions, all converge on the importance of leadership in Islam, both to an individual and on a social level. More importantly, m ...more

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