administrative title that was used during the Caliphate and Ottoman Empire to designate governors of administrative divisions
Wāli or vali is a title used during the Arab Empire and Ottoman Empire. It means governor. It is still used in some countries with Arabic culture.
In Algeria, a wāli is the "governor" of each of the 48 provinces. They are chosen by the president.
In Iran the governors are called Vāli.
In Turkey the head of the 81 provinces is called a wāli.