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Rashidun ("Righteously Guided") 632 - 661

Accepted by Sunni Muslims as the first four pious and rightly guided rulers.

Umayyads of Damascus 661 - 750

Baghdad and Others, 750 - 1266


Abbasids of Baghdad 750 - 1258

(During the latter period of Abbasid rule, Muslim rulers began using other titles, such as Sultan).

Fatimids of Cairo 910 - 1171

(The Fatimids belonged to the Ismaili branch of Shia Islam and hence are not recognized by the majority of Sunnis, whether subjects in their dominions, or from neighboring states).

Umayyads (Rahmanid branch) of Córdoba 929 - 1031

(Not universally accepted; actual authority confined to Spain and parts of Morocco)

Almohads of Spain and Morocco 1145 - 1266

(Not widely accepted, actual dominions were parts of North Africa and Iberia)

Abbasid branch of Cairo 1261 - 1517

(The Cairo Abbasids were largely ceremonial Caliphs under the patronage of the Mamluk Sultanate)

Sultans of the Ottoman Empire 1451 - 1922

Originally the secular, conquering dynasty was just entitled Sultan, soon it started accumulating titles assumed from subjected peoples.

From 1908 onwards the Ottoman Sultan was considered the equivalent of a constitutional monarch without executive powers, with parliament consisting of chosen representatives.

Republic of Turkey 1922 - 1924

The Office of the Caliphate was transferred to the Turkish Grand National Assembly which dissolved the office on March 3, 1924, in keeping with the policies of secularism that were adopted in the early years of the Republic of Turkey. The current pretender to the Imperial House of Osman is Osman Bayezid Osmanoğlu.

Sharifan house in (now Saudi) Arabia

A last attempt at restoring the caliphal office and style with ecumenical recognition was made by al-Husayn ibn `Ali al-Hashimi, King of al-Hijaz and Sharif of Mecca, who assumed both 11 March 1924 and held them until his passing the kingship to his son `Ali ibn al-Husayn al-Hashimi, who did not adopt the khalifal office and style.


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