Wāli

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This is an article about an administrative title, meaning governor in Arabic. For the Islamic religious concept of Wali, see Wali.
For a place in Afghanistan, see Shah Wali Kot District.

Wāli or vali (from Arabic والي Wāli) is an administrative title that was used during the Caliphate and Ottoman Empire to designate governors of administrative divisions. It is still in use in some countries affected by Arabic culture. The division that a Wāli governs is called Wilayah, or, in the case of Ottoman Turkey, Vilayet.

Algerian term[edit]

In Algeria, a wāli is the "governor" and administrative head of each of the 48 provinces of the country, and is chosen by the president.

Iranian term[edit]

In Iran the term is known as Vāli and refers to the governor or local lord of an area such as the Lorestān Province in western Iran.

Ottoman Empire term[edit]

"Vali" was the title in the Ottoman Empire of the most common type of Ottoman governor, in charge of a vilayet (in Ottoman Turkish), often a military officer such as a pasha; see Subdivisions of the Ottoman Empire.

Omani Sultanate term[edit]

The Sultanate of Oman, when it ruled Mombasa, Kenya, appointed a wali for Mombasa. The position is now known as LiWali.

Moroccan term[edit]

Since 1997 regionalisation reform, a Wāli is the governor of one of the sixteen regions of Morocco.

Pakistani term[edit]

In Pakistan the rulers of the former princely state of Swat were given the title of Wali (see Wali of Swat).

Turkish term[edit]

In Turkey, a wāli (spelled as "vali") is the "governor" and administrative head of each of the 81 provinces of the country, and is appointed by the government.