The appeal to the Crusades is very frequent among jihadists to justify their crimes. Some Westerners have also aimed at legitimizing Islamist terrorism.
If we rely on this manipulation of history, it seems that the early Muslims were a group of pacifists who had no choice but to take action against the attacks of bellicose Christians. Nothing further from the historical truth. I propose to briefly review some of the Islamic offensives suffered by the territories inhabited by Christians before the beginning of the First Crusade in 1096.
First of all, it should be noted that after initiating his public preaching in 613, the Prophet Muhammad and his followers began to be persecuted by the polytheistic pagan Quraysh people, who then dominated the city of Mecca. Muhammad's followers found refuge in the Christian kingdom of Aksum (more or less corresponding to present-day Eritrea), one of the first countries that had officially embraced Christianity in the fourth century. In 623 Muhammad began his military offensives. The attacks on the Christians soon arrived:
Following the Seljuq persecution of the Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem, and in the face of the serious threat posed by this Islamic fundamentalist branch, in 1095 the Byzantine Emperor Alejo I sought help from Pope Urban II, who the following year convened the First Crusade with The purpose of liberating the Holy Land. By a simple review of the dates we can observe that 467 years of Muslim attacks against the Christians had passed, a time similar to that between the end of the reign of the Emperor Charles V of Spain and the current date. And there are still some who insist on blaming the West for the crimes of jihadism ...
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