caliphate
noun Date: 1614 the office or dominion of a caliph

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  • Caliphate — Cal i*phate, n. [Cf. F. califat.] The office, dignity, or government of a caliph or of the caliphs. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • caliphate — dominion of a caliph, 1610s, from CALIPH (Cf. caliph) + ATE (Cf. ate) (1). Meaning rank of a caliph is recorded from 1753 …   Etymology dictionary

  • caliphate — [kā′lə fət, kal′ə fāt΄] n. 1. the rank or reign of a caliph 2. the land ruled by a caliph …   English World dictionary

  • Caliphate — Khilafat and Khilafah redirect here. For the South Asian movement, see Khilafat Movement. For the Khilafat in Ahmadiyya Islam, see Khalifatul Masih. For specific Islamic or Arab dynasties, see Islamic empire. The last Caliph of Islam, Abdülmecid… …   Wikipedia

  • caliphate — /kal euh fayt , fit, kay leuh /, n. the rank, jurisdiction, or government of a caliph. Also, califate, kalifate, khalifate. [1725 35; CALIPH + ATE3] * * * ▪ Islamic history       the political religious state comprising the Muslim community and… …   Universalium

  • Caliphate —    A term referring both to the Islamic institution of government led by the unifying office of Caliph as well as to the territories and people under his direct control. Until the death of Prophet Muhammad, Islamic lands were limited to the… …   Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism, 1800–1914

  • caliphate — UK [ˈkælɪfeɪt] / US [ˈkælɪˌfeɪt] / US [ˈkeɪlɪˌfeɪt] noun [countable] Word forms caliphate : singular caliphate plural caliphates 1) the position of a caliph 2) the period of time when someone is a caliph 3) an area ruled by a caliph …   English dictionary

  • CALIPHATE —    that aspect of ISLAM which recognizes a Monarch who is seen to unite both the religiousand SECULAR realms under his rule. The Otterman Empire abolished the Caliphate in 1924 …   Concise dictionary of Religion

  • caliphate — caliph ► NOUN historical ▪ the chief Muslim civil and religious ruler, regarded as the successor of Muhammad. DERIVATIVES caliphate noun. ORIGIN Arabic, deputy of God …   English terms dictionary

  • Caliphate — noun 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 • Instance… …   Useful english dictionary

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