Posted on 03/25/2012 by __socrates

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