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.

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On or about October 18, 1009, the so-called “Mad Caliph” of the Fatimid Empire flouted a long-standing policy of religious tolerance. With the ultimate aim of converting the empire’s Jews and Christians to...