This Day in Jewish History 1009: The 'Mad Caliph' Destroys Jewish, Christian Sites in Fatimid Empire

Wanting to convert the empire to Islam, Abu Ali-Mansur found the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to be a particular irritant.

On or about October 18, 1009, the so-called “Mad Caliph” of the Fatimid Empire flouted a long-standing policy of religious...