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Holy war : the Crusades and their impact on today's world / Karen Armstrong.

By: Armstrong, Karen, 1944-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2001Edition: 2nd Anchor books ed.Description: xviii, 628 pages : maps ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0385721404; 9780385721400.Subject(s): Crusades | Crusades -- Influence | Crusades | Crusades -- InfluenceDDC classification: 909.07 Online resources: Sample text | Contributor biographical information | Publisher description
Contents:
PART ONE: JOURNEY TO A NEW SELF: In the beginning: there was a holy war. Why? -- Before the Crusade: the West seeks a new Christian soul -- The present conflict: Jews and Arabs seek a new secular identity -- PART TWO: 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 -- PART THREE: 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 crusades in the West -- Epilogue: Triple vision -- Notes -- Glossary of terms.
Summary: Karen Armstrong, bestselling author of A History of God, skillfully narrates this history of the Crusades with a view toward their profound and continuing in-fluence. 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 shows 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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Includes bibliographical references (pages 601-610) and index.

PART ONE: JOURNEY TO A NEW SELF: In the beginning: there was a holy war. Why? -- Before the Crusade: the West seeks a new Christian soul -- The present conflict: Jews and Arabs seek a new secular identity -- PART TWO: 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 -- PART THREE: 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 crusades in the West -- Epilogue: Triple vision -- Notes -- Glossary of terms.

Karen Armstrong, bestselling author of A History of God, skillfully narrates this history of the Crusades with a view toward their profound and continuing in-fluence. 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 shows 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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