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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 distinction, however, was neither total nor permanent: although pre-Islamic norms for the selection and legitimation of kings were considered unsuitable for an Islamic caliph, the ancient Mesopotamian practices of royal justice and provision of prosperity became obligatory for all Muslim rulers.
The Pope called on Germany and Austria-Hungary to pressure their Turkish ally to stop the killings and made a personal appeal on behalf of the suffering Armenians to the Ottoman Empire's Sultan Mehmed V, who was also the Islamic Caliph (spiritual leader of Muslims).

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