AskDefine | Define sheikhdom

Dictionary Definition

sheikhdom n : the domain ruled by a sheik [syn: sheikdom]

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Noun

sheikhdom (Plural: sheikhdoms)
  1. alternative spelling of sheikdom

Extensive Definition

A sheikhdom (alternatively, sheikdom) ( [Mashyakhah]) is a geographical area or a society (usually tribal), that is ruled by a sheikh (Arabic: ). Sheikhdoms exist almost exclusively within Arab countries, particularly in the Arabian Peninsula.
The term is generally used descriptively for political systems rather than as a noun (such as "Kingdom"), and although some countries such as Kuwait are ruled by a sheikh, they are not referred to as sheikdoms.

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