Holy Land

The Holy Land (Hebrew: ארץ הקודש‎; Eretz HaQodesh ; Arabic: الأرض المقدسة Al-Ard Al-Muqaddasah) is a term which in Judaism refers to the Kingdom of Israel as defined in the Tanakh. For Jews, the Land's identification of being Holy is defined in Judaism by its differentiation from other lands by virtue of the practice of Judaism often possible only in the Land of Israel. The term Holy Land is also used by Muslims and Christians to refer to the whole area in between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea.

Part of the significance of the land stems from the religious significance of Jerusalem, the holiest city to Judaism, the assumed place of Jesus's ministry, and the Isra and Mi'raj event in Islam. The perceived holiness of the land to Christianity was one of the motivational factors behind the efforts of the Crusades, which sought to win the Holy Land back from the Muslim Suljuq Turks that had conquered it from the Muslim Arabs, who had in turn conquered it from the Christian Byzantine Empire.

Many sites in the Holy Land have been destinations for religious pilgrimages since biblical times, by Jews, Christians, and Muslims. According to a Stockholm University study in 2011, these pilgrims visit the Holy Land to touch and see physical manifestations of their faith, confirm their beliefs in the holy context with collective excitation, and connect personally to the Holy Land.

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Holy Land - Islam
... in Islam In the Qur'an, the term الأرض المقدسة (Al-Ard Al-Muqaddasah, English "Holy Land") is mentioned at least seven times, once when Moses ... The exact region referred to as "Blessed Land" in the Qur'an verse has been interpreted differently by various scholars Abdullah Yusuf Ali likens it to a wide land range ...
Medieval Christians - High Middle Ages (800–1300) - Crusades
... Generally, the crusades refer to the campaigns in the Holy Land against Muslim forces sponsored by the Papacy ... The Holy Land had been part of the Roman Empire, and thus Byzantine Empire, until the Islamic conquests of the seventh and eighth centuries ... been permitted to visit the sacred places in the Holy Land until 1071, when the Seljuk Turks closed Christian pilgrimages and assailed the Byzantines ...
Military History Of The Crusader States - Crusader Forces - Heavy Cavalry and Infantry
... order to protect pilgrims on their way to the Holy land ... John were forced to evacuate from the Holy Land, traveling across the Mediterranean until finally settling on Malta ... Spain, which in the twelfth century was Christian, into the Islamic south and then to the Holy land ...
Stella Maris Monastery - History
... Within a few decades, these monastic hermits left the troubled Holy Land and the Carmelite order spread throughout Europe ... Louis’ first crusade to the Holy Land in 1254, he took six Carmelites back to France with him and the Order had begun to found houses throughout Europe from 1238 onwards ... In 1631 the Discalced branch of the Order returned to the Holy Land, led by the Venerable Father Prosper ...
ATS Association Of The Holy Land
... The Holy Land Association (Italian Associazione di Terra Santa, or ATS) is the non-governmental charitable organisation of the Custody of the Holy Land ... In this regard, the President of the association is entitled to the Custody of the Holy Land ... for the realization of projects for the protection of the places of Holy Land and the resident population in all countries of the Custody of the Holy Land Israel, the Palestinian territories ...

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