Meaning of caliph

ca•liph

Pronunciation: (kā'lif, kal'if), [key]
— n.
  1. a spiritual leader of Islam, claiming succession from Muhammad.
  2. any of the former Muslim rulers of Baghdad (until 1258) and of the Ottoman Empire (from 1571 until 1924).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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