What does caliphate mean?

Definitions for caliphateˈkæl əˌfeɪt, -fɪt, ˈkeɪ lə-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word caliphate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. caliphate(noun)

    the territorial jurisdiction of a caliph

  3. caliphate(noun)

    the office of a caliph


  1. caliphate(Noun)

    A unified federal Islamic government for the Muslim world, ruled by an elected head of state or caliph.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Caliphate(noun)

    the office, dignity, or government of a caliph or of the caliphs

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. califat.]


  1. Caliphate

    A caliphate is an Islamic state led by a supreme religious as well as political leader known as a caliph. The term caliphate is often applied to successions of Muslim empires that have existed in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. Conceptually the caliphate represents the political unity of the entire community of Muslim faithful ruled by a single caliph. In theory, the organization of a caliphate should be a constitutional theocracy, which means that the head of state, the Caliph, and other officials are representatives of the people and of Islam and must govern according to constitutional and religious law. In its early days, the first caliphate resembled elements of direct democracy and an elective monarchy. It was initially led by Muhammad's disciples as a continuation of the leaders and religious system the prophet established, known as the 'Rashidun caliphates'. A "caliphate" is also a state which implements such a governmental system. Sunni Islam stipulates that the head of state, the caliph, should be elected by Shura – elected by Muslims or their representatives. Followers of Shia Islam believe the caliph should be an imam chosen by God from the Ahl al-Bayt. From the end of the Rashidun period until 1924, caliphates, sometimes two at a single time, real and illusory, were ruled by dynasties. The first dynasty was the Umayyad. This was followed by the Abbasid, the Fatimid, and finally the Ottoman Dynasty.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of caliphate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of caliphate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jacob Zenn:

    ISIS gets more international legitimacy as a global caliphate.

  2. Shaikh Nazmul Alam:

    The aim of the attacks was to establish a caliphate state in Bangladesh.

  3. Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari:

    It's there where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his caliphate, it is literally their capital.

  4. Ryan Mauro:

    These men are interested in having ‘wives’ come to the so-called caliphate to live with them.

  5. Antal Rogan:

    Would we like our grandchildren to grow up in a United European Caliphate? My answer to that is no.

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