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Ottoman Firman on Holy Sites in Jerusalem (1852)

Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Abdülmecid I, Ottoman Empire: Author
A firman, or royal decree, published by Sultan Abdülmecid I of the Ottoman Empire in February 1852. The decree was addressed to Jerusalem Governor Ahmed Pasha, the qadi of Jerusalem and the Ottoman mejlis (consultative assembly). Its purpose was to describe and endorse the status quo existing between the Greek and Latin churches with regard ownership of and prayer rights at the Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.