What were the Crusades? Do they affect the World Today?

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The Crusades were a series of religious wars initiated by European Christian kings to reclaim Jerusalem from the control of Muslim empire.  They were a series of wars between 1095 and 1291 that were intended to recover “The Holy Land” of Jesus Christ which is also sacred ground to Muslims and Jews.



  1. Suleiman A Mourad: “We invoke the crusades because we want to believe that the past determines the present”

  2. Helen Nicholson: “We still live with many of the developments encouraged by the crusades: state taxation, magnificent castles, charitable work”

  3. Nicholas Paul: “The crusades’ legacy is powerful because of the predilections of 19th- and 20th-century Europeans”

  4. Christopher Tyerman: “The crusades were fought from religious conviction and material advantage relevant to their time and place, not ours”

  5. Susanna A Throop: “The crusades popularized specific narratives and key ideas that remain present in western cultures”

Do they affect the world today?

People are using religions for their own benefits.  Some people use Islam and some people use Chrisitinity; that has not changed since the time of the Crusades.  When the West thinks of Taliban they think of Muslim fighters.  When the Palestinian Arabs see Western Christian nations give Israel money and weapons they dont think of peace in the Holy Land.  Talib means student of Islam or student of the  Quran but some people taking the taliban name the wrong way