[fur-muhn, fer-mahn]
noun, plural firmans.
an edict or administrative order issued by or in the name of a Middle Eastern sovereign (formerly by an Ottoman Turkish sultan).

1610–20; < Turkish ferman < Persian farmān Unabridged
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firman (fɜːˈmɑːn, ˈfɜː-)
1.  an edict of an Oriental sovereign
2.  any authoritative grant of permission
[C17: from Persian fermān]

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The firman, or sultan's imperial seal, is on display in the interior of the church.
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