The Peaceful Liberation of the Holy Places in the XIV Century

I - 6 The Brief Egyptian-Arab Period (1098-1099)

For a brief time the Egyptian-Arabs occupied the Holy Land. They did not respect the freedom given to the Sanctuaries by the Caliph Omar and succeeding Sultans, a freedom which was respected until the arrival of the Turks (1071). Moreover, in imitation of the Turks, they took possession of the Holy places and reinstituted the pilgrim tax.


*6 - At the beginning of the Turkish and Arab occupation in the second half of the 11th Century, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Sanctuaries were in serious danger of destruction. This same danger was repeated when Saladin occupied Jerusalem (1187). The possibility of destruction occurred at later times as well.

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