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Who were the Ottomans?

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Map of Jerusalem during the Ottoman Period
(1516-1917 A.D.)

Who were the Ottomans?

The Ottoman Empire originated from Turkey, and was comprised of Turkish tribes under Sultan Osman Ghazi, who became the leader of the Ottoman Turks and is credited with being the founder of the Ottoman dynasty that ruled Israel (Palestine) for nearly 400 years. The Ottomans reached the peak of their power during the 16th and 17th centuries under the rule of Suleiman the Magnificent. The Ottoman scope was massive in scale, from southern Europe to North Africa to Western Asia.

For Christians and Jews in the Holy Land of Israel (Palestine), life under Ottoman rule was restrictive and oppressive, but not nearly as oppressive as it had been under Mamluk rule. All non-Muslim religious freedoms were controlled and restricted. One of the more well-known and fabled stories to come out of Ottoman rule in the Holy Land was the sealing of the Golden Gate. The Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, in an effort to prevent the Messiah from entering Jerusalem in accordance with biblical prophecy, sealed off the Golden Gate in 1541, and it remains as such to this day.

Ottoman Empire Turks Map Israel Palestine

Ottoman Empire Turks Map Israel Palestine

Golden Gate Sealed (East Jerusalem)

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