NOTE: The term Caliphate, an anglicanized Arabic word meaning successorship, is often used interchangably with the term Imamate. Both terms, not always but most often, refer to the position of Succeeding and Leading the Muslim community after the death of the Prophet Muhammad.
Theological literature on the Imamate doctrine:
Historical uasage may refer to:
Imamate and Leadership: The Case of the Shi'a Fundamentalists in Modern Iran/ L'IMAMAT ET LE LEADERSHIP: LE CAS DES FONDAMENTALISTES CHIITES EN IRAN MODERNE
Nov 01, 2010; Abstract: The theory of Imamate (absolute religious, spiritual and political leadership of the Muslim community) is one of...