ca·​liph·​ate | \ ˈkā-lə-ˌfāt How to pronounce caliphate (audio) , -fət, ˈka-\

Definition of caliphate

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

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Other emails detailed his interest in martyrdom and the caliphate, according to documents filed in federal court. Dallas News, "Dallas man accused of joining ISIS as a teen extradited from Syria to stand trial," 1 Aug. 2019 At its height four years ago, the ISIS caliphate stretched across vast territory and several major cities in Iraq and Syria. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Limited coverage of civilian deaths means Americans can’t comprehend the true cost of war," 16 July 2019 Jihadists would set up a new caliphate on Egyptian turf. The Economist, "Pyramid scheme," 6 July 2019 Around 8,000 of the children now living in the camp are foreigners, from dozens of countries around the world, who were either born in the caliphate or relocated there by their parents. Washington Post, "New suffering for the children of the ISIS caliphate as hunger and sickness spread," 20 June 2019 Given the view of the necessity of a near-term caliphate, which is very much in ISIS's view, Al-Qaeda was much more long-term about this. CBS News, "Transcript: Russ Travers talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 3 July 2019 On June 5th, eight Americans were quietly flown home from the former ISIS caliphate in Syria. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "America’s ISIS Members Are Coming Home," 11 June 2019 The detainees were transferred into overcrowded camps that have posed a dilemma for both local officials struggling to detain large numbers of foreign ISIS adherents, and governments reluctant to take back citizens who lived under the caliphate. Amy Gunia, Time, "American Family With Ties to ISIS Repatriated to U.S. From Syria, Officials Say," 6 June 2019 That was the basis of Zafira's caliphate's misconceptions, but of course, there's more to it than that. Dennis Tang, Teen Vogue, "How Hafsah Faizal Created a Fantastical World Rooted in Reality," 28 May 2019

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First Known Use of caliphate

1594, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caliphate

see caliph

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