Holy War The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World

ISBN-10: 0385721404

ISBN-13: 9780385721400

Edition: 2nd 2001

Authors: Karen Armstrong

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Karen Armstrong, bestselling author of A History of God, skillfully narrates this history of the Crusades with a view toward their profound and continuing influence. In 1095 Pope Urban II summoned Christian warriors to take up the cross and reconquer the Holy Land. Thus began the holy wars that would focus the power of Europe against a common enemy and become the stuff of romantic legend. In reality the Crusades were a series of rabidly savage conflicts in the name of piety. And, as Armstrong demonstrates in this fascinating book, their legacy of religious violence continues today in the Middle East, where the age-old conflict of Christians, Jews, and Muslims persists.
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List price: $18.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/27/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Karen Armstrong is one of the foremost commentators on religious affairs in both Britain and the United States. She spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun and received a degree at Oxford University.

Author's Note
Journey to a New Self
In the Beginning: There Was the Holy War. Why?
Before the Crusade: The West Seeks a New Christian Soul
The Present Conflict: Jews and Arabs Seek a New Secular Identity
Holy War
1096-1146: The Crusade Becomes a Holy War and Inspires a New Jihad
1146-1148: St. Bernard and the Most Religious Crusade
1168-1192: A Religious Jihad and a Secular Crusade
1967: Zionism Becomes a Holy War
1981: The Death of President Anwar Sadat: Holy War and Peace
Crusading and the Western Identity
1199-1221: Crusades Against Christians and a New Christian Peace
1220-1291: The End of the Crusades?
1300 to the Present Day: New Crusaders in the West
Epilogue: Triple Vision
Glossary of Terms
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