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Crusades

Type: Opinion

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Since 9/11, we often hear so-called “experts” in the West say that the Crusades especially have been the main cause for the negative attitude of Muslims towards the so-called “Christian countries,” which is totally wrong given the expansionist and violent history of Islam. A U.S. News & World Report cover story “takes for granted the idea that the Crusades constitute a looming grievance against the West that rightly resonates to this day.” While America was still an undiscovered part of the world during the Crusades in the Middle east (1095-1291), the Islam still considers the US as the Great Satan and it all can be explained because of the Crusades. The mentioned U.S. News & World Report was written by Andrew Curry and first published on april 31, 2002 (The first Holy War – During the Crusades, east and west first met on the battlefield) and republished on april 7, 2008 (The first Holy War – the truth about the epic clash between east and west).

To obtain a good understanding of the historical background on the Crusades and the Jihad, we republish some interesting articles which are a response on the allegations in the Andrew Curry article that the Crusades are responsible for the Islamic Jihad against the West. The first article is from a newspaper column by Vincent Carroll, member of staff of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver.

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The crusades are quite possibly the most misunderstood event in European history. Most of what passes for public knowledge about it is either misleading or just plain wrong

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Urban II (1088-1099): Speech at Council of Clermont, 1095, Five versions of the Speech.

Type: Publication

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"For quite some time scholars have complained about the dissonance between current knowledge and erroneous public perceptions of the Crusades.Seven Myths of the Crusades acts as a salubrious corrective for these deeply ingrained, and deeply flawed, conceptions of the Crusades. . . . While all the chapters sparkle with insight, among the high points of the book are the excellent introduction by Andrea and Holt, Paul Crawford's treatment of the vexed issue of whether or not the Crusades were 'aggression,' Mona Haddad and Edward Peter's examination of the supposed staying power of Muslim grievances concerning crusading. Putting a fine summation on the work is the Editors' Epilogue that illuminates the fundamental historiographical issues involved in passing judgment on a series of acts as controversial as the Crusades.

  "Hackett deserves praise for publishing such a worthy addition to the revolution in Crusades studies."
      —Burnam W. Reynolds, Asbury University 

Type: Video

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Faith Goldy of TheRebel.media explains that the Crusades were a response to over 400 years of Muslim aggression.

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