the king of saudi arabia is "the king" and not "al-malik". king louis XIV is referred to as a "king" and not as a "roi." king zog is "king" zog, and not whatever the fuck "king" is in albanian.
along the same lines, emperor hirohito is still "emperor hirohito", just like all the emperors of
why is the shah "the shah"?
...okay, after mulling this over some more, i realized that the ottoman emperor is usually called "the sultan". i also realized that "emir" is another title that seems to cross over into english without being translated. the various leaders of gulf states are not called "prince", nor is the united arab emirates ever referred to as the "united arab principalities."