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Caliphate

  • By: Peter Mandaville
  • In: Encyclopedia of Global Studies
  • Edited by: Helmut K. Anheier & Mark Juergensmeyer
  • Subject:Globalization, Social Policy (general), Cultural Geography

The caliphate (Arabic: khilafa) refers to the historical institution of centralized religiopolitical authority in Islam, particularly in its Sunni branch. Traditionally and symbolically, the jurisdiction of the caliph—the title assumed by the office ...

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