Because of Ayesha's intrigues Ali was unable to succeed Mohammed as kalif.
He raised the lid and showed the wondering kalif the two stones.
When they are blotted out, we take the sultan and kalif unawares!
The kalif, Hakin, who founded the religion of the Druses, re-enacted this law.
By refusing the kalif's daughter he had put his neck in peril once; to decline this second honor would be to invite the bowstring.
The power of the kalif of Bagdad, at best but nominal, is reduced still more by Togrul.
There is a rumor that if the two overcome the Christians, they turn their arms against the kalif and the arch-sultan next.
The kalif, loath to put so brave a knight to death, cast him into prison.
late 14c., from Old French caliphe (12c., also algalife), from Medieval Latin califa, from Arabic khalifa "successor," originally Abu-Bakr, who succeeded Muhammad in the role of leader of the faithful after the prophet's death.