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    War can often be considered an evil act, an act of aggression against another country for economic or social gain, or can be considered a noble event of justice, a defense mechanism of a protectorate country helping a country in need. However, sometimes the issue of war is mingled with religion, which brings the value of war into question. In some religions, war is considered noble and a gateway to heaven. A jihad in Islam is an example of this type, where some Muslims believe that attacking the

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    Jihad - A Holy War

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    whole. If the world Muslim community perceived America as attacking Islam in general then the duty of every Muslim to fight for his religion—the duty of jihad—would have been invoked on a broad scale. The war against terrorism, instead of simmering with occasional flare-ups, like the Cold War, would have boiled over into a global conflagration, with the Muslim countries of the world—1.2 billion strong—mobilizing against America and the West. Muslim apologists also rushed forward to assure the public

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    Second World War as a Holy War There are several factors to be considered when discussing whether the Second World War was a Just War or a Holy War. Thomas Aquinas's Just War Theory consists of six criteria or conditions which a war must fulfil to be considered justified. Firstly, the war must be started and controlled by the authority of the state or the ruler as war's outcomes would involve the people of the whole country and hence their views must be taken into account and discussed

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    Century War Was Just and a Holy War On 2nd September 1939, Britain and France declared war on Germany. Wars are started for many reasons, but can they ever be justified? This essay will analyse whether the factors causing the Second World War were justified. Augstine, a Christian leader in the Middle Ages, devised the Just War Theory. The Christian thinker Thomas Aquinas then adapted this theory, which then formed the basis of the UN conditions for a just war. To assess whether a war is justified

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    Holy Wars: The Crusades

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    The Crusades took place during the brutal middle ages, there were many components to starting these holy wars. Religious reasons for this war were evident, but more than just religion caused these wars. There were cultural motives, political motives, and economic motives. Another motive was acts of greed, and of course the benefit of getting wealthy from obtaining Constantinople. There was the promise of military valor, and the promise of fertile land. The promise of a better life and eternal salvation

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    and unimportant pilgrimages, but a continuous stream of marching Western armies (Crusaders) into the Muslim world, terminating in the creation and eventually the fall of the Islamic Kingdoms. The Crusades were a Holy War of Roman Christianity against Islam, but was it really a “holy war” or was it Western Europe fighting for more land and power? Through Pope Urban II and the Roman Catholic Church’s actions, their proposed motivations seem unclear, and even unchristian. Prior to the Crusades, Urban

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    “Templars” seem to symbolize the new phase of so-called “war on drugs,” going on in Mexico since president Calderón’s declaration in 2006. Knights Templar are not only responsible for most of the methamphetamine production flowing to United States and third most powerful drug trafficking organization (DTO) in Mexico but also a religious sect, using so called “divine justice” to justify the elimination of their enemies. LCT are the latest proof that “war on drugs” in Mexico is not purely secular in nature;

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    Islamic Religion

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    invariably led defeated people to believe that he begot a cult of war and violence. Over the centuries, it has developed the ability to instill a sense of holy purpose onto its believers and soldiers, where they go into a battle of certain death for their faith in the holy war. The holy war is still a potent source of conflict and aversion, as many of the problems in the Middle East center around the issue of Islamic Fundamentalism and the holy wars. Originally, Islam was perceived by western historians

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    The Crusades

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    The Crusades A major turning point in Medieval history were the Crusades. The Crusades were a series of wars fought between the Christian Europeans and the Muslim Turks, which occurred between the years of 1096 to 1272. In this Holy War the Christians goal was to obtain the Holy Land from the Turks, in which they did not succeed. Although the Christians did not meet their goal, many positives did come out of their attempt. Due to the reason that they did not meet their goal, yet numerous positives

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    Crusading, much like Imperialism in the 20th century, was all about expansion. During the middle ages however, it was more about the expansion of religion rather then power, or at least that’s the way it was preached. Crusading by definition is; “ a holy war authorized by the pope, who proclaimed it in the name of god of Christ. It was believed to be Christ’s own enterprise, legitimized by his personal mandate” (1). This essay examines the background of the crusades to offer a better understanding as

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