Islam vs Christianity   Was it inevitable that there was conflict between Islam and Christian Europe during the Medaeval period? What are some charcteristics of Islamic civilization that led to conflict?

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I have to regretfully agree with those who hold that the conflict was inevitable.

The basis of any religion is personal belief, which is not a rational thing that can be objectively presented and analyzed for accuracy or connection with the physical world. When persons who deeply believe and affirm differing religious ideas are challenged by persons with a different, equally strongly held set of ideas, the efforts of each group to convert the other to their "correct" way of thinking will almost always lead to conflict. When territorial or economic justifications are added to the impetus of spreading the "true religion," you definitely have a beginning point for armed disagreement.

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Probably few things in history are truly inevitable, but this conflict is one of many that have occurred throughout history because of extreme religious differences. Ironically, often the most intense conflicts involve people who claim to worship the same deity. Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are all "Abrahamic" faiths; Shi'ites and Sunnis are both followers of Islam; Protestants and Catholics are both Christians. Judaism also has its different branches. Often the conflicts within religions are at least as intense as the conflicts between religions.

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As post #4 states, it wasn't inevitable.  For it not to have happened would have required a monumental effort at dipolmacy,however.  Ideological conflicts are, under the hood, based on economics; the Christian world, coming out of its Dark Age, began to expand into Muslim areas, ironically the same areas that had been, for the most part, under the control of the Roman Empire.

Europe wanted the trading routes that were under Muslim control.  Failing successful negotiation, there was long term warfare.

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It's really hard to pin this one on religion and on "Islamic Civilization."  I mean, during this time, everyone was at war with everyone.  This was a time when essentially everyone thought that might made right and that the best way to get rich and powerful was to conquer.  If there was something about Islamic Civilization that made it inevitable, then there was also something about Christian civilization, Mongol civilization, Aztec civilization, etc...

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Yes, conflict between the followers of both religions seemed and still seems unavoidable for several reasons. First, during the Middle Ages, those in power (particularly those who held religious positions) used that power to oppress the people of their regions. They held the keys to literacy and, therefore, were able to convince their uneducated followers that whatever they proposed--war, sacrifice, complete reliance upon the religion--was morally right. Thus, when leaders of either side promoted the importance of possessing the city of Jerusalem, Christian and Muslim adherents acted upon those commands, often violently.

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It wasn't inevitable. Everthing that happens in history is contingent on a number of factors. Islamic and Christian Europe broke out into a violent frenzy because there was competing centers of power, vying for everthing from money to territory to the people's loyalty. The Islamic civilization of eastern Europe was vast and the Christian civilization of Western Europe was equally powerful. Each constantly tried to encroach upon the territory of the other. That's why violence ensued on a mass scale.

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If we look at this question ideologically, when you have two opposing religious systems that both offer a different version or view of life that does not accept the existence of another ideological and religious viewpoint, conflict becomes inevitable. Both Christianity and Islam offer conclusive ways of viewing the world that present that view as being right and therefore, by implication, those who don't ascribe to that view, as being "wrong."

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