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See also: Caliph
- khalifa, khalīfa (stricter transliterations)
- caleef, calif, kaleefa, kalif, kaliph, khalif, khaleefeh (all archaic)
- IPA(key): /ˈkeɪlɪf/, /ˈkælɪf/
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- Rhymes: -eɪlɪf
caliph (plural caliphs)
- The political leader of the Muslim world; the successor of the prophet Muhammad's political authority.
- The Abbasid caliphs patronized art and science beside religious developments ushering in the Islamic Golden Age when their capital Baghdad began to flourish as a center of knowledge, culture and trade.
- 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], “The Coronation”, in Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. […], volume II, London: Henry Colburn, […], →OCLC, pages 148-149:
- It carries us to the East, and the stately halls of the caliphs rise on the mind's eye; and we think over the thousand and one stories which made our childhood so happy, and stored up a world of unconscious poetry for our future years:...
political leader of the Muslim world