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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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The militant group's stated aim of establishing a pan-regional Islamic caliphate should be regarded more as a public relations exercise than an attainable target, according to International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) political Islam senior fellow Dr Nelly Lahoud.
For Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaeda, declaring a caliphate was a premature step that was bound to exacerbate the sectarian civil war in the heart of the Arab world.
ISIS' view is, let's get the caliphate and then defeat the West," Morell affirmed.
Since the group's formation in 1999, it has quickly morphed into an organisation that is determined to establish a worldwide Caliphate - a state governed in accordance with Islamic law by God's deputy on Earth, or caliph.
The fate of the militant leader, who has declared himself the leader of a caliphate in areas his ultrahardline Sunni group controls in Iraq and Syria, is unknown, the military said.
We explained our position, we don't have any attachments to anyone in the region, but we do have (a) very strong feeling that we cannot allow the state of Syria (to) fail, because the alternative is ISIL caliphate and we would forget about the Syria we know now," Lavrov said in English during an interview with RT television in New York.
Based on what Westen says, I think one of the most important attractions of Daesh is its concentration on the emotional aspect in its political speech through its presentation of the "utopia" of a caliphate state to millions of Muslims.
WuF, practically means a Safawi theocracy which in the 16th century AD emerged and ruled over a major part of the GME but for a short time as it failed to out-live the Ottoman Empire's Sunni caliphate that took off in 1362 AD from the demise of the Byzantine Empire and lasted for seven centuries until 1924.
airstrike in Iraq Tuesday, the White House said Friday, dealing a blow to the group that has sought to form a caliphate in the Middle East.
The Pentagon--or NATO for that matter--could easily smash the fake Caliphate.
There have been countless articles on Cyber Caliphate, Cyber Berkut, and Cyber Freedom fighters that are fighting for the rights of freedom and free information around the world.
But security sources on Tuesday said the strike was against members of the Caliphate Soldiers, an Al Qaeda splinter faction that had declared allegiance with IS militants who control territory in Iraq and Syria.