Ayatollah vs Caliph - What's the difference?

ayatollah | caliph |


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.

ayatollah

English

Alternative forms

* ayatolla

Noun

(wikipedia ayatollah) (en noun)
  • A religious leader in Twelver Shi'ism.
  • caliph

    English

    Alternative forms

    * calif, kalif, kaliph, khalif, khalifa

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The political leader of the Muslim world, successor of Muhammad's political authority, not religious or spiritual.
  • Ahmadis call their Caliph the Khalifatul Masih .