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Deeb Joudeh Al-Husseini

Custodian of historical religious harmony

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Date of Birth:


Jerusalem, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Deeb Joudeh Al-Husseini is included for his role as the custodian of the keys to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, a position that symbolizes the coexistence and mutual respect between Muslims and Christians in the Holy Land.

Brief bio

Deeb Joudeh Al-Husseini, a member of the Joudeh Al-Husseini family, is entrusted with the keys to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, one of the most sacred sites in Christianity. This tradition, dating back to the 12th century, signifies the deep-rooted coexistence and respect between Muslims and Christians in Jerusalem. The family's role as keyholders began when Saladin, the Muslim leader, entrusted them with the keys in 1187, a practice that has been maintained for over 800 years as a symbol of peace and cooperation.

Major Milestones


  • Inheritance of Custodianship: Continuing a family tradition that has lasted for centuries...See More

  • Daily Responsibilities: Regularly opening and closing the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

  • Symbol of Coexistence: Representing Muslim-Christian harmony in a region often marked in the Palestinian culture...See More

  • Recognition of Role: Acknowledged by various international media and organizations for his unique position.

  • Preservation of Tradition: Upholding the family tradition and the importance of the role in interfaith dialogue.

  • Custodian of a Key Religious Site: Managing access to one of Christianity's holiest sites.

  • Interfaith Dialogue: Promoting understanding and respect between different faiths.

  • Cultural Heritage Preservation: Preserving a centuries-old tradition that is a part of Jerusalem's history.

  • International Recognition: Bringing attention to the importance of custodianship and its role in maintaining religious sites.

Date of Last Update: 
January 13, 2024

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