Posted on 03/25/2012 by marina

DIWAN ديوان
(1) In Muslim law, the word signifies an account or record book, and also the bags in which the Qazi’s records are kept. (2) It is also a court of justice, a royal court. (3) Also a minister of state; the chief officer in a Muslim state; a finance minister. (4) In British courts a law-suit is called a diwani, when it refers to a civil suit, in contradistinction to aujdari, or “criminal suit.” (5) A collection of odes is called a diwn, e.g. Diwan-I-Hafiz, “the Poems of Hafiz.”

Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam