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Liwa (Arabic)

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Liwa (Arabic)

Liwa or Liwa' (Arabic: لواء‎) is an Arabic term meaning district, banner, or flag, a type of administrative division. It was interchangeable with the Turkish term "Sanjak" in the time of the Ottoman Empire. After the fall of the empire, the term was used in the Arab countries formerly under Ottoman rule. It was gradually replaced by other terms like qadaa and mintaqa and is now defunct. It is only used occasionally in Syria to refer to the Hatay Province, ceded by the French mandate of Syria to Turkey in 1939, at which time was known as Liwa' Iskenderun.

In current usage, liwa' refers to an officer with the rank of a Major General in the Army, as well as to a Brigade of troops.


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