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A 5 page research paper that discusses the history of Islamic militarism. One hears a great deal, in this age of Islamic terrorism, about how the Muslim instigators of indiscriminant violence are not true "Muslims." However, an overview of Islamic militarism shows that, as with Christianity, violence and aggression are integral to Islamic history and that this history very much pertains to the current situation. The writer first discusses Islamic militarism, beginning in 600 A.D. and continuing to the Crusades and then relates this militaristic tradition to Islamic belief and current terrorism. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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of Islamic militarism shows that, as with Christianity, violence and aggression are integral to Islamic history and that this history very much pertains to the current situation. In 630 A.D.,
Eastern Christians, under the leadership of the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius, fought and reclaimed the city of Jerusalem, which had been occupied by pagan Persians since 614 (Crawford 19). However, this
victory was short-lived, as Islamic forces soon broke the might of the Byzantine Empire and forced them out of Palestine. Jerusalem surrendered to Muslim military forces in 638 (Crawford 19).
Soon afterward, occupying Muslims began construction of a mosque at Temple Mount. Sophronicus, the patriarch of the city, is believed to have wept and cried out, "Truly this is
the Abomination of Desolation spoken of by Daniel the Prophet" (Crawford 19). Islamic armies poured into the region, devastating the eastern and southern provinces of the Byzantine Empire, capturing
Armenia in the north and Egypt in the south. By 711, Muslims were in control of all of northern African and an Islamic commander, Tariq, had landed on a rock
considered part of Europe, giving it his name ("Jebel al-Tariq corrupted in Gibraltar") (Crawford 19). The following year, Muslims penetrated deep into Christian Spain, defeating Christian forces at the battle
of Toledo. Bypassing Spanish Christian survivors that were huddled in the mountains of northwest Spain, Muslim armies pushed on and entered France through the Pyrenees (Crawford 19). Meanwhile, Muslims
in the East landed in southeastern Europe by 717 and besieged the Byzantine capital of Constantinople (Crawford 19). The Byzantine Empire resisted and the capital did no fall to Muslim
forces until 1453 (Crawford 19). In the West, Christians stopped the advance of Islamic forces in 7332 at the Battle of Tours in France. Charles Heristal, Charlemagnes grandfather, led his