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Definition of Caliphate

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office or dominion of a caliph (also khalifate)
Caliphate Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The office, dignity, or government of a caliph or of the caliphs.
  
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caliphate
\cal"i*phate\ (?), n. [cf. f. califat.] the office, dignity, or government of a caliph or of the caliphs.

WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. the era of Islam's ascendaancy 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"
(hypernym) era, epoch

Noun
1. the territorial jurisdiction of a caliph
(hypernym) jurisdiction
2. the office of a caliph
(hypernym) position, post, berth, office, spot, billet, place, situation
Caliphate Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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A caliphate (from the khilafa, meaning "succession") is an Islamic state led by a supreme religious and political leader known as a caliphi.e. "successor"to Muhammad and the other prophets of Islam. The succession of Muslim empires that have existed in the Muslim world are usually described as "caliphates". Conceptually, a caliphate represents a theocratic sovereign polity (state) of the entire Muslim faithful (the Ummah, i.e. a sovereign nation state) ruled by a single caliph under the Constitution of Medina and Islamic law (sharia).

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