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 Splintered, the caliphate was wiped off the map in March 2019 when the ISIS adherents lost the final holdout of Baghuz in Syria. Daniel L. Davis, Star Tribune, "Pull U.S. troops out of Syria," 1 Sep. 2020 The group’s physical caliphate has been essentially eliminated during the Trump administration, and President Trump has repeatedly urged other countries to take back their ISIS fighters. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Barr agrees to drop death penalty if UK agrees to extradition of ISIS 'Beatles’," 19 Aug. 2020 Aleppo doesn’t have much oil, and operating a militant caliphate is expensive. Jenna Scatena, The Atlantic, "The Looting Network," 31 July 2020 In Syria, the Islamic State rejected any form of democracy in the name of Islam, but its caliphate ended in ruins. Daniel Byman, Washington Post, "For the Middle East, the Arab Spring was a rare chance to control its own fate," 26 June 2020 In interviews with Washington Post reporters visiting al-Hol last year, dozens of women described a hardcore contingent who were seeking to replicate the caliphate’s brutal rule. Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, "In Syrian camp for women and children who left ISIS caliphate, a struggle even to register names," 28 June 2020 By 2014, al-Baghdadi controlled swaths of territory across Syria and Iraq and declared himself leader of a transnational Islamist caliphate. Chicago Tribune, Twin Cities, "Other voices: The U.S. delivers justice to al-Baghdadi," 28 Oct. 2019 Then, in November 2014, less than six months after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared ISIS’s global caliphate, Hoda asked to go on a field trip to Atlanta. Saul Elbein, The New Republic, "Hoda Muthana left the U.S. to join ISIS. Now she wants to return home to stand trial, but the Trump administration won’t let her. She is a test case for the future of birthright citizenship.," 23 Mar. 2020 Al-Baghdadi was trying again to rebuild the ISIS caliphate, and failed. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "'Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.' Read Donald Trump's remarks on Iran," 8 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of caliphate

1594, in the meaning defined above

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“Caliphate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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