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Thursday, November 18, 2004

On the Crusades

Thomas Madden, Professor of Mideval History at St. Louis University, has an excellent book out about the Crusades. It should be required reading for students in this era. We are currently engaged in part II of the Crusades (even though we in the West aren`t aware of it) and everyone should understand the reasons for the animosity of the Islamic World. The book is A CONCISE HISTORY OF THE CRUSADES published by Rowman & Littlefield.

Professor Madden addressed a number of issues about the Crusades in this article in Crisis magazine. Click the following link:

The Islamic expansion fizzled out after the Crusades, which was the first proactive response to 300+ years of Moslem aggression against Christendom. The Moslem belief in the inevitability of their conquest of the entire world was shaken by Crusader armies; even the later (failed) Crusades held the Islamic World in check and brought Europe into modernity. That is why the Moslems have such revulsion for the Crusades; they brought an end to the aura of Islamic invincibility.

Islam has been burning for a rematch for 1000 years. That is what we must understand if we are to really grasp our current, misnamed ``War on Terror``.



Blogger Aussiegirl said...

Thanks for posting that wonderful article on the Crusades, Timothy. I read every word and really learned a lot. I agree, it is an uncomfortable fact for us modern people to admit that we are actually involved in another crusade, and a religious war. The President bends over backwards to pretend that this isn't so, and it's probably better to couch it as a "war on terror". But we can't lose sight of the fact that it is precisely world domination that the Muslims are interested in, as awkward as that idea can be to the modern mind. One way or another, through terror, immigration, intimidation and eventually simply by overwhelming democracies with sheer numbers, they intend to accomplish their goals. We ignore these ambitions at our peril.

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