"This movie says very little about the religions of either side of the battle. In fact, religious leaders on both sides are made out to be fools. Organized religion is not painted in a very positive light. The movie does however contain a moral lesson that people of different nations and religions should strive for peace."
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The trigger for the First Crusade was Emperor Alexius I's appeal to Pope Urban II for mercenaries to help him resist Muslim advances into territory of the Byzantine Empire. The response was much larger, and less helpful, than Alexius I desired, as the Pope called for a large invasion force to not merely defend the Byzantine Empire but also retake Jerusalem.
A discussion of the Crusades from the perspective of an ex-Muslim, Dr. Ergun Caner, author of 'Christian Jihad'. "I guess 'Christian Jihad' was born out of the fact that if they ever had a point -- even though it is a distant point, even though it is not a particularly on-target point -- there was a time in Christian history where we did as bad as Osama bin Ladin has done."
The problem with this movie -- and the problem with most of the approaches toward this topic -- is that it tends to think that Christianity and Islam are the same.
Did Christianity and Islam meet with the first Crusade? What happened between the Christians and the Muslims prior to the Crusades? Learn the history behind 1,400 years of struggle.
Those who did not perish by the natural forces of starvation, disease or exposure were deceptively loaded into ships and sold in the slave markets of North Africa.
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What Was the Children's Crusade?
Pope Urban II: The Dynamo Behind the First Crusade
Pope Urban II's Speech Calling for the First Crusade
What Were the Christian Crusades?
Special section: Understanding Islam
Historical Timeline: 1000 to 2000
Some of the Basics of Islam
What do Muslims believe about Jesus?
What is Islamic Jihad?
Can you explain the Islamic faith?
What is Truth?
Behind the scenes of the 'Kingdom of Heaven'
A Panel Discussion
Part 1: The Driving Force Behind the Crusades
Part 2: The Muslim Perspective; The European Perspective; The Vanished Church of North Africa
Part 3: The Motivation of the Roman Church; The Albigensian Crusade; Persecution of the Jews; The East/West Christian Divide
Part 4: The Children's Crusade; Pilgrimages; St. Francis' Meeting with Saladin
Part 5: The Effects of Religious Wars; Lessons Learned from the Crusades
The Crusades & The History of Lebanon
Part 1: The Islamic Invasion of Lebanon & the Christian Reaction
Part 2: The Muslim/Christian Struggle in the Middle Ages
Part 3: The Religious Make-up of Modern Lebanon
Explain your vote...
Killing in Jesus' name? How should Christians respond today when secularists, Muslims, and others refer to the Crusades in Church history?
Who or what was responsible for the Crusades?
Do you believe the media offers a fair treatment of Christians and Muslims when they talk about the Crusades?
Have you seen the 'Kingdom of Heaven' by Ridley Scott? Would you recommend it? Why or why not?
How can a Christian respond to the legacy of the Crusades?
Learn about the reconciliation movement.
'A History of the Crusades' by M.W. Baldwin
'The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades' by Jonathan Riley-Smith
'A Concise History of the Crusades' by Thomas F. Madden
'The First Crusade: A New History' by Thomas Asbridge
Onward, Lukewarm Christian Soldiers: BeliefNet
Rethinking The Crusades: FirstThings.com
Crusading Against History: FrontPageMagazine.com
The Crusades and the Rise of Islam
Waging Peace on Islam: Christianity Today
How Could Christians Do This?: Christianity Today