There is a sentence that I found in an editorial.

Victory in Baghouz will also mean the IS’s territorial caliphate is shattered.

According to cambridge dictionary meaning of caliphate is

an Islamic state, especially one ruled by a single religious and political leader.

My question is when caliphate itself means an state or area why is it qualified by adjective territorial?
Thanks in advance.......


Caliphate can refer to:

  • the form of the organization of the state (as opposed to republic, empire...);
  • the area of land occupied by that state.

The adjective territorial is used in order to remove the uncertainty and make it clear that the statement refers to the area of land.

From Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

caliphate (n.) = the office of a caliph or the land he rules over

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