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The Crusades were a several centuries delayed response to Islamic jihad. When Pope Urban II called the First Crusade in 1095, the followers of the prophet had already spread across the Middle East and North Africa by force.
People who think the Crusades preceded Islamic jihad have been brainwashed by politicial correctness.
by colonel jack mustard February 13, 2010
War fought by Western Europe to stop the encroching Muslium Armies of the East, also to regain Spain from the earlier Muslium conquest.
Due to the Attack on the Byzentine Empire the Roman Pope called for a Crusade to help the Eastern Empire defend itself.
by wes July 24, 2003
The Crusades refers to the wars of the 11th-13th centuries in The Holy Land (Middle East) that were fought between Christians and Muslims. Contrary to the definitions on here clearly written by atheists ignorant of history and with a grudge against religion, these "holy" wars were initiated in response to forceful spread of the Seljuk turks who were expanding their empire with force attacking the Byzantine empire. In the year 637 (long before the crusades) Jerusalem actually belonged to the Byzantine empire before one of the companions of Muhammad (Abu Ubaidah) continued Muhammad's military campaign and led an army against Jerusalem capturing it. The Crusades were simply the long delayed response to this Jihad of the Muslims.

However, Ubaidah was respectful to the Patriarch of Jerusalem in 637 and didn't accept his invitation to pray in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for fear that his followers would later tear it down and turn in into a Mosque because he had prayed in there. Due to that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre has continued to stand as a Christian temple since. Meanwhile the Temple on the Mount was built in place of debris and rubble that had not been cleared since the sacking of the original temple by the Romans. Also the Byzantines were the remnants of the Roman Empire who had conquered Jerusalem from the Jews centuries ago but that wasn't for religious reasons either. The result is that the crusades were never a war of religion but of land and politics.
The Jews (led by King David) took Jerusalem from the Jebusites.
The Romans took Jerusalem from the Jews.
The Muslims took Jerusalem from the Byzantine empire (the successors of the Roman empire).
The Crusaders took Jerusalem from the Muslims and didn't return it to the Byzantines as promised and instead kept it for themselves.
The retreat of the Crusaders after two centuries allowed the Muslims to take back Jerusalem.
Nowadays Israelis and Palestinians dispute who owns Jerusalem and war still occurs in the Middle East once again for land (and apparently oil).

The Crusades were often seen as religious holy wars but they were pseudo-religious with the main motivation being land, power and money. Crusaders simply fought they were fighting for God and the Church yearned them on. In truth they were fighting for rich nobles and it's no different from today's wars. Atheists really should take some history lessons.
by Skialian January 15, 2014