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The Caliphate State in Theory and Practice

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The history of Islām shows clearly how the question of the Caliphate is of central, enduring and great ongoing importance. While Christianity was split into different religious denominations, in particular during the 5th century due to theological questions about the divine and human nature of Christ, the biggest split in Islām was due to questions about the Caliphate. This article offers an introduction to the divergent approaches to government in Islām and a discussion of recent efforts to restore an Islāmic Caliphate.

Affiliations: 1: University of Heidelberg Heidelberg, Baden-WuerttembergGermany

* For helpful readings of this article I thank Dr. Peter Macalister-Smith (Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg).

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