Caliphs

(*khalif, "deputy, successor"). A political leader of the Muslim community. The most important of these were the four Rightly-Guided Caliphs who ruled after the death of Muhammad.

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Name referring to secular and religious leaders of Muslim communities who are seen as successors of Muhammad; it derives from the Arabic 'khalifa' meaning 'successor.' The term is primarily used in historical reference following Turkey's abolition of the caliphate on March 23, 1924.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300264254. The J. Paul Getty Trust.