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Did the Christians influence the spread of Islam?

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moocow554 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted October 13, 2011 at 6:11 AM via web

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Did the Christians influence the spread of Islam?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 13, 2011 at 6:21 AM (Answer #1)

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For the most part, Christians did not influence the spread of Islam in any direct way.  There are some ways and some regions in which Christians slowed or stopped the spread of Islam.  There are also indirect ways in which Christians may be said to have helped Islam spread.

Christianity can be said to have halted the spread of Islam militarily and socially.  Once Muslim armies reached the edges of Europe (as in the Balkans) they had a hard time making any headway.  These were areas where Christian faith (and armies) were strong and Islam was unable to spread through these areas.

However, in the places that Islam did reach, you can argue that Christians helped it spread.  You can argue that Christianity (and Judaism) had helped get people used to the idea of monotheism.  This might have made Islam seem less of a strange and novel faith and allowed it to spread more easily in the areas where it did take hold.

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shweta12patel | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted October 13, 2011 at 6:38 AM (Answer #2)

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no but it is said that a person called mohammed went to a cave and prayed and it is said that angel gabriel came and told to start a new religion as he was bored of worshiping idols and so islam started and their god was called Allah and i think they stopped as they crusaded against the islams in 1200s and 1300s when they occupied the holy lands

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loraaa | Student | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted October 13, 2011 at 7:54 AM (Answer #3)

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Christianity is more prevalent than Islam, but there are countries where Islam spread without war, such as Indonesia and Malaysia
   Muslims say that Jesus was a prophet like Mohammed for this I think that Islam will not stop spreading.
 I recommend you read the story of Saladin or watch a movie Kingdom of Heaven, the film is very wonderful

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