Judaism, Christianity and Islam--obviously central to Middle East crises today--were also at the crux of the Crusades nearly 1000 years ago. Maps.
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Recent historians have convincingly demonstrated that 13th-century European governments institutionalized three forms of irrational bigotry that have tragically affected the modern world: anti-Semitism, anti-homosexuality, and anti-Islam. This important book, which brings the perspective of a student of theology and literature who also knows traditional political history, sees the medieval Crusades as the root of current Middle East conflicts. Such a view substantiates the historical interpretation. The book attempts a "triple vision" of the concept of crusade or holy war for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, tracing the religious origins of conflict among the three peoples to their differing interpretations of scripture, the secular origins to 19th-century nationalism and imperialism. The result is an erudite, balanced, and lucidly written study which shows that false images, ridiculous perceptions, and absurd demons have haunted all three peoples. A mine of useful information on Muslim-Western perceptions of each other, this book for the general reader can be beneficially read by scholars and Middle Eastern experts.
-Bennett D. Hill, Georgetown Univ., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a weighty book that I found both boring for the events and names that run together with a sense of sameness and fascinating for the light shed upon the cause of these... Read morePublished 8 days ago by gloria piper
Cliff Note Version of My Review of Holy War by Karen Armstrong.
Western civilization and Christianity. Bad. Very bad.
Eastern Civilization and Islam. Good. Read more
Ms. Armstrong is nearly illiterate regarding her subject matter. She is a failed Catholic who left the convent and a failed scholar whose dissertation was rejected. Read morePublished 6 months ago by CounterJihad
This is such an excellent book, and written on layman's terms, therefore, it's easily understood and is a insightful read! Thank you again Karen Armstrong!Published 10 months ago by Wendy Wallingford
Ms. Armstrong is an accomplished and knowledgeable author. Starting with the "History of God".Published 11 months ago by William J Freeman III
I simply could not plow through the incredible amount of info on every page and that was just the first chapter!Published 19 months ago by Paula L. Ponce
This was a gift purchase, so I can't say for sure. But the person I gave the book to, like this book and enjoyed reading it.Published 20 months ago by Marilyn
I think I picked the right time to read Karen Armstrong's book on the Crusades: after having read two others books by members of either side of this multi-century conflict. Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by Herbert L Calhoun