ca·​liph·​ate | \-lə-ˌfāt, -fət\

Definition of caliphate 

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

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Yet here again, the affiliate did not declare a caliphate. Nabih Bulos, The Seattle Times, "Seventeen years after Sept. 11, al-Qaida may be stronger than ever," 10 Sep. 2018 The goal of all jihadist groups, including both ISIS and al-Qaeda, is to establish a caliphate governed by a strict interpretation of Islamic law. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "The Pentagon says ISIS is “well-positioned” to make a comeback," 17 Aug. 2018 This was at a moment when the group was declaring itself a caliphate and actively recruiting volunteers. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "A Second Chance for an Ivy League ISIS Recruit," 28 June 2018 The group changed its name in April 2013, signaling its broader ambition of establishing a caliphate extending across Iraq and Syria. NBC News, "What is ISIS? What you need to know about Islamic State in Iraq and Syria," 18 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of caliphate

1594, in the meaning defined above

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