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Reply To: How should we deal with the topic of the Crusades, both in our own thinking and in engagement with Muslims?

Hans Vogel

Conquests were (and are) unfortunately part of human history, also of different religions and denominations. There was also a big lack of cultural and religious understanding among the European Christians, during the time of the Crusades.
I find this particularly sad and worrying because the context ​of the Middle East is much closer to the Bible than in Europe. But Europe was closed and culturally and religiously isolated, what a contrast to the diversity of the Biblical Ancient World.

One of the Crusades also «liberated» Portugal and the capital Lisbon from the Muslims. All inhabitants ​of Lisbon were killed: Muslims, Mozarabic Christians, and Jews. What ignorance and arrogance of the holy warriors.

What encourages me, in the sad story of the Crusades, is that Francis of Assisi, during the Fifth Crusade visited the Sultan of Egypt. A result of this visit is, that the Franciscans got the Custodian of Holy Places in the Holy Land for over 800 years – and still have it.