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The Effect of the Crusades on the Modern World

How the Historic Crusades Have Led to the Modern War between Radical Islam and the West

Manus Prasad

on 5 June 2015

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Transcript of The Effect of the Crusades on the Modern World

Muslim Misconceptions
What many Muslims think:
The Crusades were a violent act by power-hungry Christians to conquer Muslim lands
Christians wanted to kill and conquer peaceful Muslims for no reason other than their hate for Islam
Wrongdoings by Christians during the Crusades
During the First Crusade in 1095, a ragtag band of Crusaders led by Count Emicho of Leiningen plundered and murdered all the Jews they could find in the Rhine
Just fifty years later, a Christian monk named Radulf began massacring Jews from Rhine to Germany
The Church, however, condemned the killing of Jews
Crusaders slaughtered everyone, even those who were innocent, in Jerusalem when they recaptured it from the Muslims
Views of Muslims and Christians on this Topic Today
Osama bin Laden, before he died, claimed that his actions were in revenge for the historic Crusades, and that the West's "negative actions" today against Islam are part of a new Crusades
Islamic jihadists who took part in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in December 2004, claimed that the attack was part of a larger plan to strike back at the "Crusaders"
Ex-President Bill Clinton has fingered the Crusades as the root cause of the present conflict between Islamic terrorists and the West
President Obama compared the atrocities of ISIS to the atrocities committed during the Crusades by the Christians
Background Information about the Crusades
The Crusades were fought from 1095 AD to between 1443 and 1444 AD
There were a total of seven Crusades, but there were some more non-official Crusades
The goal of the first Crusade was to recapture the Holy Land, or Jerusalem, from the Muslims
The Effect of the Crusades on the Modern World
by Manus Prasad
As many Christians and Muslims in the world believe today, the historic Crusades have led to the modern war between Radical Islam and the West, due to misconceptions among Muslims for the Christians’ goal of the Crusades and certain negative acts committed by rogue Christians during the Crusades.
What the truth is:
The Crusades were a defensive war by the Christians to protect against and turn back the Muslim conquest of Christian lands
The Crusades were also meant to protect all Christians from Muslims, who slaughtered innocent Christians on their conquest for power
All in all, a common belief among many Muslims and Christians today, the war against Radical Islam and the West today is due to the Muslims’ misconception for the Christians’ reason for organizing the Crusades as well as the antagonistic actions of certain Christians during the Crusades.
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