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KHILAFAT MOVEMENT. An agitation on the part of some Indian Muslims, allied with the Indian nationalist movement, during the years 1919 to 1924, the Khilafat Movement's purpose was to influence the British government to preserve the spiritual and temporal authority of the Ottoman sultan as caliph of Islam. Integral with this was the Muslims' desire to influence the treaty-making process following World War I in such a way as to restore the prewar boundaries of the Ottoman empire. The British gove ...more

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