Analysis Of A Catlos's Infidel Kings And Unholy Wars

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Brian. A Catlos’ novel, Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors: Faith, Power, and Violence in the Age of Crusade and Jihad, provides a detailed account of various sites of inter-religious interaction throughout the medieval Mediterranean from the 10th to 12th centuries. Throughout the novel, Catlos illustrates the influence of religion on the relationships and coexistence between the three Abrahamic religions - Christianity, Judaism, and Islam - and the role it plays in the immense violence of the period. The varying perspectives demonstrate how religion acted more as a bridge between cultures than a barrier, and how conflicts deemed as of religious origin were oftentimes driven predominantly by the mundane factor of greed and self-interest rather than existential resentment of opposing groups. It is a common misconception of the historically uneducated that the age of the medieval Mediterranean consisted of innumerable clashing conflicts of these three “radically incompatible” civilizations. They were, for the most part, accepting and understanding towards one another as free will is valued highly in each of the Abrahamic religions; it was immoral to force conversion upon one another. Whereas the overall approach…show more content…
The struggles and conflicts were predominantly the result of individuals and groups that pursued selfish desire over the common good and did not act as strong representatives of their self-proclaimed theological principles. As seen through the lives of King Habbus of Granada and Abu Ibrahim Isma-il, his wazir, many actions during the time were driven primarily by greed. Habbus’ desire for power as the ruler of Granada, a city with numerous distinct ethnic and religious groups, led him to plotting these groups against one another to prevent any from growing too strong and possibly

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