Islamic rule spread over major areas of Africa, the Middle East, South, Southeast and Central Asia, Spain, and Southern Italy. Many Christians saw Islam as a religion of the sword. They have been very violent throughout their history. Arabian armies engaged in attacking the remnants of the Byzantine Empire. The First Crusade was launched in order to stop the Arabian invaders.
The Islamic worldview was greatly influenced by the Christian and Jewish worldviews. In the Qur’an it states that there is a supreme God and his name is Allah. Furthermore, they believe that angles, fairies, and jinn all exist on Earth. Muhammad thought that there is only one God to whom all people must submit, and who was not to be worshipped with idols. This means that humanities purpose is to worship that God. There is said to be a judgment day when all people will be judged in terms of their obedience to God. The Qur’an and all of the Islamic prophets called their people to believe in life after death and that even a slight doubt in it meant denying God and made all other beliefs meaningless.
The Crusades originally started to defend the East, but this conquest was quickly abandoned because of greed. Much of the Muslim world was occupied by Europeans because of the European colonialism. The British worked with the Al Sa’ud family and the Wahhabis in hopes to create a strong central government in Arabia that would serve its interests. The British also wanted to further weaken the Ottoman Empire by wrestling Mecca and Medina away from its control.
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