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

Examples of caliphate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This contradicts the Islamic State movement’s goal of establishing a global caliphate. Amira Jadoon, The Conversation, 26 Aug. 2021 November 2014 - ISIS, once an offshoot of al Qaeda, announces plans to expand its caliphate into Yemen, creating the first public rift between ISIS and AQAP. CNN, 2 Sep. 2021 In 2014 – three years after the death of bin Laden – the Obama administration invoked that law to justify airstrikes in Syria against ISIS, an al Qaeda offshoot that was gobbling territory to create an ultra-conservative caliphate. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2021 ISIS-Khorasan, also known as ISIS-K, is an affiliate of the Islamic State (ISIS), which established a caliphate in Iraq and Syria that was later destroyed by American forces. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, 26 Aug. 2021 While the Taliban is focused on enforcing its version of sharia law in Afghanistan, ISIS-K has bigger aspirations – to establish an Islamic caliphate across the Middle East and Asia. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, 30 Aug. 2021 After the Islamic State lost its territory following a five-year military campaign by local and international forces, the caliphate increasingly turned to Afghanistan for its fighters. Teny Sahakian, Fox News, 28 Aug. 2021 This contradicts the Islamic State movement’s goal of establishing a global caliphate. Jordan Weinstock, Quartz, 28 Aug. 2021 Looking for a new flag to rally around, these fighters are believed to have joined other militants in Afghanistan and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, which had just declared a caliphate in 2014. Abhishyant Kidangoor, Time, 27 Aug. 2021

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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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“Caliphate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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