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Stark, Rodney
God's battalions : the case for the Crusades / Rodney Stark
Alternate Title Case for the Crusades
1st ed
New York : HarperOne, c2009
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  D157 .S736 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Crusades
Christianity and other religions -- Islam
Islam -- Relations -- Christianity
Religion and civilization
Civilization, Medieval
Physical Description 276 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-260)
Contents Greedy barbarians in armor? -- Muslim invaders -- Christendom strikes back -- Western "ignorance" versus Eastern "culture" -- Pilgrimage and persecution -- Enlisting crusaders -- Going East -- Bloody victories -- The crusader kingdoms -- The struggle to defend the kingdoms -- Crusades against Egypt -- Mission abandoned
Summary In God's Battalions, award-winning author Rodney Stark takes on the long-held view that the Crusades were the first round of European colonialism, conducted for land, loot, and converts by barbarian Christians who victimized the cultivated Muslims. Instead, Stark argues that the Crusades were the first military response to Muslim terrorist aggression

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