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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.
Iranian (Persian) term
Ottoman Empire term
"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
Since 1997 regionalisation reform, a Wāli is the governor of one of the sixteen regions of Morocco.