James Piscatori
Professor of International Relations, and Head of School in the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University

Reza Pankhurst provides a unique and probing examination of modern thinking on the caliphate.... The Inevitable Caliphate? provides the most reliable guide available to an idea and political symbol that holds attraction for many Sunni Muslims while inciting anxiety, even fear, among others, including many non-Muslims and Shi‘a.
John T. Sidel
Sir Patrick Gillam Professor of International and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science
The Inevitable Caliphate? provides a carefully crafted and well documented treatment of the diverse ways in which the Caliphate has figured in the global politics of Islam over the past ninety years. Scholars and other readers interested in the possibilities for a truly transnational Islamic 'ummah should make sure to read this very illuminating and instructive book.