God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades

Podcast review of God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades by Rodney Stark.

The author makes an interesting point about the relevance of the Crusades to today’s problems with jihadis:  up until the 19th century not 1 in a million Muslims would speak of The Crusades.  That began to change when the Dar al-Islam fell behind the Dar al-Harb and needed an explanation.  The answer: blame The Crusades.  The issue metastasized upon the creation of Israel, when Dar al-Islam lost territory – making their relative impotence too painful to bear and too difficult to explain.  The addendum to the answer:  also blame “the Jews”.

It’s not unlike the Brezhnev Doctrine – once conquered, no territory shall ever be lost to the enemy.

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