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(Islam) a variant spelling of caliph
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or ca•lif(ˈkeɪ lɪf, ˈkæl ɪf)
a former title for any of the religious and civil rulers of the Islamic world, claiming succession from Muhammad.
[1350–1400; Middle English caliphe, califfe < Middle French < Medieval Latin calipha < Arabic khalīf(a) successor (of Muhammad), derivative of khalafa succeed]
cal•iph•al (ˈkæl ə fəl, ˈkeɪ lə-) adj.
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|Noun||1.||kalif - the civil and religious leader of a Muslim state considered to be a representative of Allah on earth; "many radical Muslims believe a Khalifah will unite all Islamic lands and people and subjugate the rest of the world"|
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