or ca·lif, ka·lif, ka·liph, kha·lif
- a spiritual leader of Islam, claiming succession from Muhammad.
- any of the former Muslim rulers of Baghdad (until 1258) and of the Ottoman Empire (from 1571 until 1924).
Origin of caliph
Examples from the Web for caliphal
Historical Examples of caliphal
The caliphal institution is still undoubtedly venerated in Islam.The New World of Islam
His position, therefore, at the Caliphal Court was a changing and precarious one.Secret History of the English Occupation of Egypt
Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
The third period of Caliphal history saw all temporal power wrested from the Caliphs.The Future of Islam
Wilfred Scawen Blunt
calif, kalif or khalif
- Islam the title of the successors of Mohammed as rulers of the Islamic world, later assumed by the Sultans of Turkey
Word Origin for caliph
late 14c., from Old French caliphe (12c., also algalife), from Medieval Latin califa, from Arabic khalifa "successor," originally Abu-Bakr, who succeeded Muhammad in the role of leader of the faithful after the prophet's death.