TWO WORLDS, ONE WAR: AN EXAMINATION OF THE ISLAMIC EAST AND CHRISTIAN WEST PRIOR TO THE FIRST CRUSADE
When one begins to study the Crusades, it can be seen that many of the resources in circulation today are strongly biased towards Western Christianity. There are countless works written from the view of the Crusaders, and painfully few written from the perspective of the Islamic world. In addition to this, Western readers have access to numerous documents detailing the potential intentions of Pope Urban II and his initiation of the Crusades, the politics of the Western World during the eleventh-century, and the economic effects the Crusades had in the West, but the same cannot be said for the Islamic East. The way one views the world affects his or her perspectives on life, faith, and politics. This can be seen in the differences between the Islamic East and Christian West of the eleventh century CE. This paper will examine the differences between the Islamic East and Christian West focusing on how each side viewed the formation of the world, their uses and implementation of Holy War, and their views on when the First Crusade actually began.
Peeler, William Adam