The crusades were a series of 4 religious based wars, that began in 1095 and lasted until 1291, in which Western Christians (most notably from Italy and France) invaded the Mediterranean and Middle East, in an attempt to recover the holy city of Jerusalem from the Muslim people, who were seen as the enemy. From the Christian point of view, the crusades were perceived as a holy war done to reunite Christian loyalty and faith, and also to recover Jerusalem and to protect the Christian faith and people from the spread of Islam. However, the Christian retelling of this event is the most common, and there is very little showing the Muslim perspective, Middle Eastern perspective, including Jews and Orthodox Christians, who also suffered greatly at the hands of the crusaders, or for that matter, any evidence showing an unfavourable light on the crusaders. The alternate view, suggests that the Western...
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...as briefly captured during which many different holy places were sacked and destroyed. In the long term, many scholars argue that the Crusades was the beginning for the war between Islam and Christianity, and the West vs the Middle East. This is a feud that is still continuing today, in what is often referred to as a ‘clash of civilisations’, and has been especially more prominent since 9/11, with most people associating acts of terrorism with “Islam, Muslims and Arabs directed at ‘Christian America’” (pp.7). Certain scholars, such as Samuel Huntington, argue that this in fact dates back to the Crusades, which is reiterated by Bernard Lewis as, “the perhaps irrational but surely historic reaction of ancient rival against our Judeo-Christian heritage” (1990 para.46). Huntington further expresses that this war between Islam and the West is going to end (1993, para.25).
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