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An emirate is a territory ruled by an emir, a title used by monarchs or high officeholders in the Muslim world. There are two emirates that are independent states (Kuwait and Qatar), and a state that consists of a federation of seven emirates, the United Arab Emirates; the unrecognized Taliban state in Afghanistan is (and was) also styled as an emirate. A great number of previously independent emirates around the world are now part of larger states, as can be seen in Nigeria.