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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
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
A caliphate ( khilāfa) is a form of Islamic government led by a caliph ( )—a person considered a political and religious successor to the Islamic prophet, Muhammad (Muhammad ibn ʿAbdullāh), and a leader of the entire Muslim community. The Rashidun caliphs, who directly succeeded Muhammad as leaders of the Muslim community, were chosen through shura, a process of community consultation that some consider an early form of Islamic democracy. During the history of Islam after the Rashidun period, many Muslim states, almost all of them hereditary monarchies, have claimed to be caliphates. Even though Caliphates were thought to go back to Muhammad, they were not thought of as having the same prophetic power as he did.

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