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Khadim al-Haramayn al-Sharifayn


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Custodian of the two holy cities. Title referring to those responsible for the upkeep of mosques and holy sites within Mecca and Medina and protection of pilgrims on the hajj. The title originated with the Ottoman rulers and was used by the sharif of Mecca; it is currently held by the king of Saudi Arabia.

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