This is a simplified breakdown of a pseudo-arabic system for ranking nobility.

Sheikh - A tribal leader.

Emir/Amir - Essentially a commander, this rank is usually translated as "prince," however, in function the position is more along the lines of clan head.

Sultan - This title applies to rulers who are not Caliphs, but rule territories known as sultanates in their own right.

Malik - Title for the ruling monarch of a kingdom, equivalent to the European rank of King. The female version is Malika.

Caliph - While essentially a religious title, the position corresponds to that of emperor, with caliphs ruling over caliphates composed of subordinate sultans and emirs.

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