ca·liph·ate | \-lə-ˌfāt, -fət\

Definition of caliphate 

: the office of a caliph or the land he rules over

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It is estimated that hundreds, if not thousands, of Russian-speaking women accompanied men to the caliphate. Washington Post, "Forgiven by her native Chechnya, a woman is returned from Islamic State," 2 July 2018 The United States wanted to prevent the Islamic State group from building a caliphate in Iraq and Syria, and the Shi’ite militias saw the Sunni extremist group as a sectarian threat. Margaret Coker,, "Old enemies are now allies, and Iran’s influence grows in Iraq," 11 May 2018 Turkey has been working to repatriate minors whose parents took them to the caliphate, as well as those found innocent of wrongdoing. New York Times, "A 10-Minute Trial, a Death Sentence: Iraqi Justice for ISIS Suspects," 17 Apr. 2018 Currency dealers in Turkish cities that border Syria say IS has been moving large sums of money out of its caliphate since early last year. The Economist, "Islamic State has been stashing millions of dollars in Iraq and abroad," 22 Feb. 2018 The group's caliphate became a base for murderous extremists to plot terrorist attacks abroad. NBC News, "White House chaos jeopardizes war on ISIS, U.S. commanders warn," 30 Mar. 2018 As the physical caliphate collapses, where those fighters go is a question. Ryan Browne, CNN, "US warns of growing African terror threat," 19 Apr. 2018 In 2015 the caliphate’s GDP was estimated to be $6bn. The Economist, "Islamic State has been stashing millions of dollars in Iraq and abroad," 22 Feb. 2018 While Afghanistan is a conservative Muslim country that has been alternately ruled by radical religious groups __ first anti-Soviet mujahedeen groups and later the Taliban __ there is practically no support for rule by caliphate. Kathy Gannon, The Seattle Times, "Q&A: How strong is the Islamic State group in Afghanistan," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of caliphate

1594, in the meaning defined above

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