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Noun: caliphate  'ka-lu,feyt or 'ka-li-fut
  1. The territorial jurisdiction of a caliph
  2. The office of a caliph
Noun: Caliphate
  1. The era of Islam's ascendancy from the death of Mohammed until the 13th century; some Muslims still maintain that the Muslim world must always have a calif as head of the community
    "their goal was to reestablish the Caliphate"

Derived forms: caliphates

Type of: berth, billet, epoch, era, jurisdiction, office, place, position, post, situation, spot [informal]

Encyclopedia: Caliphate