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  • n. Alternative spelling of caliph.

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  • n. See caliph.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See calif, califate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the civil and religious leader of a Muslim state considered to be a representative of Allah on earth


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  • Congress of Orientalists at Copenhagen (1908) by Father Lammens, it would appear that the fa├žade of Mschatta is the work of an Omaiyad kalif of

    The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism

  • Giving no heed to the terms of his banishment, he made his way into the presence of the kalif; and there, by bold yet subtle argument, he not only succeeded in regaining the royal favor, but secured from Heschem a solemn instrument signed with the royal sign manual, whereby he was empowered to assume the government of the entire kingdom.

    Women of the Romance Countries

  • Taken prisoners, their heads were cut off and sent to Cordova, where the kalif was cruel enough to present them to their imprisoned father for identification.

    Women of the Romance Countries

  • On account of the minority of her son, there was an attempt on the part of many in the palace to deprive the sultana of her authority, depose her son, and usurp the office of kalif.

    Women of the Romance Countries

  • The kalif, loath to put so brave a knight to death, cast him into prison.

    Women of the Romance Countries

  • He had even journeyed to Cordova to consult a celebrated physician, and had in many ways been treated with such favor by the kalif, Abd-el-Rhaman, that people had begun to shake their heads and ask themselves whether the ruler of Leon was doing all in his power for the good of

    Women of the Romance Countries

  • Heschem, the real kalif, was a virtual prisoner in his harem, and was encouraged by his guardian and friends to devote himself entirely to a religious life, leaving all the cares of state to his mother Sobeyah and to the vizier.

    Women of the Romance Countries

  • Seville was his capital, and there his power was so great that the kalif in

    Women of the Romance Countries

  • But her last vestige of power had departed, her most loyal followers had been induced to abandon her cause after the defection of the kalif himself, and Sobeyah, who had been the most powerful of all the Moorish sultanas of Cordova, was now forced in humiliation to withdraw from active participation in worldly affairs and to spend the few remaining years of her life in strict seclusion in a lonely cloister.

    Women of the Romance Countries

  • Faithful should be more than fifteen years old, Heschem was at once proclaimed kalif, although he was given no share in the government.

    Women of the Romance Countries


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