• The caliph and two other men stand and listen to the group of children
    The caliph and two other men stand and listen to the group of children
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n caliphate the office of a caliph
    • n caliphate the territorial jurisdiction of a caliph
    • n Caliphate the era of Islam's ascendancy from the death of Mohammed until the 13th century; some Moslems still maintain that the Moslem world must always have a calif as head of the community "their goal was to reestablish the Caliphate"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Caliphate The office, dignity, or government of a caliph or of the caliphs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Caliphate the office, rank, or government of a calif
    • Caliphate . See Calif.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. califat,


In literature:

He said, 'Let worth grow frenzied if it will; The caliph's judgment shall be master still.
"The Children's Garland from the Best Poets" by Various
With the last century of the caliphates began a more rapid decline.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
In the Arabic-Spanish period they exercised great political influence upon Mohammedan caliphs.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
Bagdad, caliphs foster education, 145.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
Under the Parthians Ctesiphon succeeded to Seleucia, to be replaced in its turn by Bagdad, the Arab metropolis of the caliphs.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
That is how the afterward well-known music-hall 'team' of 'Zyco and the Caliph's Daughter' came into existence.
"Cleek, the Master Detective" by Thomas W. Hanshew
The Caliph Omer burnt the Alexandrine library.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
The Caliph was astonished at Zachur's riches and dexterity, rejoiced at his present, and was curious to learn more concerning him.
"Harper's Young People, February 24, 1880" by Various
The Tartars commanded the caliph to surrender.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Later in the season the same composer's "Caliph of Bagdad" was given.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
Since the palace of the Caliphs of Cordova crumbled, there has never been a palace like it.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
One after another of the great caliphates declined.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
The tombs of the Caliphs we overlook from the citadel, where we listen to the guide who relates the daring feats of the Mamelukes.
"My Trip Around the World" by Eleonora Hunt
There will be no guardians of the Harem there I fancy, O great Caliph!
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
Travelers from Spain have informed me that civil war has broken out between the Caliphs of Granada and of Cordova.
"The Abbatial Crosier" by Eugène Sue
The Caliph entered the church with guards, smashed the Christian images, and set up emblems of the new faith.
"The Ship Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine
This, like the ancient standard of the caliphs, was held sacred in its character.
"History of The Reign of Philip The Second King of Spain" by William H. Prescott
Soon after, he announced that he was the promised Imam, the caliph of God upon earth.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
A multitude of petty Moorish States disputed with each other the heritage of the Ommiad caliphs.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 9" by Various
Vathek, ninth caliph of the race of the Abassides, was the son of Motassem, and the grandson of Haroun al Raschid.
"Shorter Novels, Eighteenth Century" by Samuel Johnson

In poetry:

"Allah is great!" the Caliph said,
"My poor Zuleika, you are dead,
I once took interest in you."
"Perhaps, my Lord, you'd like to know
We cut the lines and let her go."
"Allah be praised! Continue."
"A Poem Served To Order" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
THE Caliph ordered up his cook,
And, scowling with a fearful look
That meant,--We stand no gammon,--
"To-morrow, just at two," he said,
"Hassan, our cook, will lose his head,
Or serve us up a salmon."
"A Poem Served To Order" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The Caliph patted Hassan's head
"Slave, thou hast spoken well," he said,
"And won thy master's favor.
Yes; since what happened t' other morn
The salmon of the Golden Horn
Might have a doubtful flavor.
"A Poem Served To Order" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
I woke amid the pomp of a proud palace; writ
In tinted arabesque on walls that gems o'erlay,
The names of caliphs were who once held court in it,
Their baths and bowers were mine to dwell in for a day.
"The Sultan's Palace" by Alan Seeger

In news:

" The outlines of the virtual caliphate 's emerging "government," Mr Lappin notes, consist of ...
Glenn Beck and Mitt Romney on the Caliphate .
Self-proclaimed leader of an Islamic 'caliphate'.
Can he create the new caliphate in this modern world.
A member of the media takes a snapshot of a 4th century Ivory box made for the youngest son of the caliph Abd al-RahmanIII, displayed at the Louvre museum in Paris, Thursday Sept 20, 2012.
The sect 's elderly leader, Faizrakhman Sattarov, had reportedly wanted to build his own Islamic caliphate beneath the ground.
Sunnis recognize the first four caliphs as his rightful successors.

In science:

Ordered by the sixth Fatimid caliph, al-Hakim, to carry out this operation, he quickly perceived the insanity of what he was attempting to do, and retired in disgrace.
Astrometry during the past 2000 years