As nouns the difference between ayatollah and caliph
is that ayatollah
is a religious leader in twelver shi'ism while caliph
is the political leader of the muslim world, successor of muhammad's political authority, not religious or spiritual.
* calif, kalif, kaliph, khalif, khalifa
The political leader of the Muslim world, successor of Muhammad's political authority, not religious or spiritual.
- Ahmadis call their Caliph the Khalifatul Masih .