The Causes Of The Crusades Essay

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The Causes of the Crusades The differences between Christianity and Islam caused a lot of hostility. The hostility was a major cause of the crusades. Islam’s and Christians fought over religion, holy sites, and religious and political beliefs. During these wars, they both become involved with mass murder that continued for centuries. The Crusades centered on the war over the city of Jerusalem and the holy places of Palestine. Jerusalem had a lot of holy significance in the Christian religion. The Christians believed in a Christian god, Jesus Christ, the Hoy Sprit and the Virgin Mary. They also believed in the afterlife, Angels and Hell. Christians believed that the first humans were created in the image of God, but that the bad behavior of Adam and Eve brought negative consequences to all humans to this day. During the middle ages there were many holy wars that were aimed at defeating the enemy of Christ. The main reason why Christians fought was to protect the holy land. Fighting also gained them much more power. The Christians conquered lands that would be useful for them to make profit and help with trading. This is how they became more powerful in society. The kings, popes and knights gained power and wealth during the crusades. The Islam religion is based on the belief that God (Allah) transmitted knowledge to Muhammad and other prophets including Adam, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. The followers of Islamic religion, Muslims, believe that this was written down in the Quran, which is the word of God. The Five Pillars of Islam is expressed in the Quran (Koran), encourages Muslims to pray 5 times a day, fast during Ramadan, pilgrimage to Mecca, declare 'There is no god but God, and Muhammad is his prophet' and pay money to the poor. Islam teaches that the purpose of existence is to love and serve God through loving and

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