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This appendix for the book Studies in Islamic History and Institutions presents the origin of the term vizier. Goitein's selection of studies dealing with Islamic institutions and social history offers a general introduction to Islamic civilization by one who lived all his life with Islam. In his study &t;The Origin of the Vizierate and its True Character&t; (above, Ch. IX), the present writer has shown that the word wazir was widely used in Umayyad times, and in particular in Khorasan, in the meaning of &t;assistant&t;, &t;aid&t;, Additional material to the same effect has been adduced by Sourdel in his masterly book.

Keywords: Goitein; Islamic civilization; vizier



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