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 (kā′lĭ-fāt′, -fĭt, kăl′ĭ-)
The office or jurisdiction of a caliph. The last caliphate was held by Ottoman Turkish sultans until it was abolished by Kemal Atatürk in 1924.


(ˈkeɪlɪˌfeɪt; -fɪt; ˈkæl-) ,




(Islam) the office, jurisdiction, or reign of a caliph


(ˈkæl əˌfeɪt, -fɪt, ˈkeɪ lə-)

the rank, jurisdiction, or government of a caliph.
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Noun1.Caliphate - the era of Islam's ascendancy from the death of Mohammed until the 13th century; some Moslems still maintain that the Moslem world must always have a calif as head of the community; "their goal was to reestablish the Caliphate"
2.caliphate - the territorial jurisdiction of a caliph
jurisdiction - in law; the territory within which power can be exercised
3.caliphate - the office of a caliph
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
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General Santos City - Authorities are keeping an eye on the reported recruitment of Islamic State (IS)-inspired local terror group Ansar Khilafah Philippines in Central Mindanao region following the death of a suspected AKP leader in a shootout with police operatives in Polomolok, South Cotabato recently.
Buy some petrol and burn their houses while they are sleeping," a militant affiliated to the Islamic State (IS) said in a five-minute video called Inside the Khilafah.
The Daesh-inspired rebel groups namely Maute group, the Abu Sayyaf Group, Ansarul Khilafah Philippines, and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), continue to offer armed resistance in a new type of urban warfare, using high powered and military grade weapons like rocket-propelled grenade, and a huge supply of ammunition;
Apart from the Abu Sayyaf, members of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, Maute Group, Ansarul Khilafah Philippines, and foreign militants jointly attacked Marawi City.
The final sequence focuses on Al Baghdadi's images associated with the promise of purifying the earth and with the elicitation of the main principles of the sharia, the return of the head (beheading), the zakah, the jizya (tax required from non-Muslim people), and, most important, the return to the gold dinar "as the Khilafah surges in the financial sphere.
The terror group said in a statement: "With Allah's grace and support, a soldier of the Khilafah [caliphate] managed to place explosive devices in the midst of the gatherings of the crusaders in the British city of Manchester.
The imperative for the migration, or hijrah, to the caliphate was provided by al-Baghdadi's proclamation in 2014 in which he reportedly said that 'there is no life without jihad and there is no jihad without hijrah' and moreover that 'this life of jihad is not possible until you pack and move to the Khilafah [caliphate]'.
They are bragging about living under Khilafah, while they are away from having justice in their own houses," the article, which was reported on news website Arabi 21 , said.
The document stated, in part, that we are in your emails and computer systems, watching and recording your every move, we have your names and addresses, we are in your emails and social media accounts, we are extracting confidential data and passing on your personal information to the soldiers of the khilafah, who soon with the permission of Allah will strike at your necks in your own lands
Other groups included are Jund Al Khilafah (Caliphate Soldiers) - (Algeria); The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) (Libya); Maktab Al Khidamat (MAK); The Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM); Mohammed Jamal Network (MJN) - (Egypt); Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT); Movement for Tawhid and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO); The Rajah Sulaiman Movement (the Philippines); Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (Pakistan and Afghanistan branches); Riyad-us-Saliheen Martyrs (Russia); Al Jihad Fi-Sabilillah Special Islamic Regiment (Russia); Jaish Al Muhajireen wal-Ansar (Syria); The Islamic Fighting Group (Tunisia); Ummah Tameer-e-Nau (UTN) (Pakistan); and Wafa Humanitarian Organisation (Afghanistan).
In fact, Indonesia was the first regional host for the annual HT's annual conference known as the International Khilafah Conference which was held on August 12, 2007 in Jakarta.