Skip to comments.MUSLIM CRUSADES Started Four Centuries Before the Western Crusades
Posted on 03/01/2010 12:35:04 PM PST by FactReal
|Islamics Launched their Crusades in 630 A.D.
Western Crusades started in 1095 A.D. to Stop Muslim Invasion
The Crusades were started by the Muslims in the year 630 A.D. when Muhammad invaded and conquered Mecca. Later on, Muslims invaded Syria, Iraq, Jerusalem, Iran, Egypt, Africa, Spain, Italy, France, etc. The Western Crusades started around 1095 to try to stop the Islamic aggressive invasions. Islamic Crusades continued even after the Western Crusades.
|Islam - Not a Religion of Peace
Islam has killed about 270 million people: 120 million Africans*, 60 million Christians, 80 million Hindus, 10 million Buddhists, etc."
Forced conversions to Islam have been the norm, across three continentsAsia, Africa, and Europefor over 13 centuries.
Islam has been at a continuous war against non-Muslims for almost 1400 years (since Muhammad.) Following is a list of the major Islamic invasions preceding the Western Crusades.
630 - Muhammad conquers Mecca from his base in Medina.
632 - Muhammad dies in Medina. Islam controls the Hijaz.
636 - Muslims conquest of Syria, and the surrounding lands, all Christian - including Palestine and Iraq.
637 - Muslim Crusaders conquer Iraq (some date it in 635 or 636)
638 - Muslim Crusaders conquer and annex Jerusalem, taking it from the Byzantines.
638 - 650 Muslim Crusaders conquer Iran, except along Caspian Sea.
639 - 642 Muslim Crusaders conquer Egypt.
641 - Muslim Crusaders control Syria and Palestine.
643 - 707 Muslim Crusaders conquer North Africa.
644 - 650 Muslim Crusaders conquer Cyprus, Tripoli in North Africa, and establish Islamic rule in Iran, Afghanistan, and Sind.
673 - 678 Arabs besiege Constantinople, capital of Byzantine Empire
691 - Dome of the Rock is completed in Jerusalem, only six decades after Muhammad's death.
710 - 713 Muslim Crusaders conquer the lower Indus Valley.
711 - 713 Muslim Crusaders conquer Spain and impose the kingdom of Andalus. The Muslim conquest moves into Europe.
718 - Conquest of Spain complete.
732 - Muslim invasion of France is stopped at the Battle of Poitiers / Battle of Tours. The Franks, under their leader Charles Martel (the grandfather of Charlemagne), defeat the Muslims and turn them back out of France.
762 - Foundation of Baghdad
785 - Foundation of the Great Mosque of Cordova
789 - Rise of Idrisid amirs (Muslim Crusaders) in Morocco; Christoforos, a Muslim who converted to Christianity, is executed.
800 - Autonomous Aghlabid dynasty (Muslim Crusaders) in Tunisia
807 - Caliph Harun alRashid orders the destruction of non-Muslim prayer houses & of the church of Mary Magdalene in Jerusalem
809 - Aghlabids (Muslim Crusaders) conquer Sardinia, Italy
813 - Christians in Palestine are attacked; many flee the country
831 - Muslim Crusaders capture Palermo, Italy; raids in Southern Italy
837 - 901 Aghlabids (Muslim Crusaders) conquer Sicily, raid Corsica, Italy, France
869 - 883 Revolt of black slaves in Iraq
909 - Rise of the Fatimid Caliphate in Tunisia; these Muslim Crusaders occupy Sicily, Sardinia
928 - 969 Byzantine military revival, they retake old territories, such as Cyprus (964) and Tarsus (969)
937 - The Church of the Resurrection (aka Church of Holy Sepulcher) is burned down by Muslims; more churches in Jerusalem are attacked
960 - Conversion of Qarakhanid Turks to Islam 969 - Fatimids (Muslim Crusaders) conquer Egypt and found Cairo
973 - Israel and southern Syria are again conquered by the Fatimids
1003 - First persecutions by alHakim; the Church of St. Mark in Fustat, Egypt, is destroyed
1009 - Destruction of the Church of the Resurrection by alHakim (see 937)
1012 - Beginning of alHakim's oppressive decrees against Jews and Christians
1050 - Creation of Almoravid (Muslim Crusaders) movement in Mauretania; Almoravids (aka Murabitun) are coalition of western Saharan Berbers; followers of Islam, focusing on the Quran, the hadith, and Maliki law.
1071 - Battle of Manzikert, Seljuk Turks (Muslim Crusaders) defeat Byzantines and occupy much of Anatolia 1071 - Turks (Muslim Crusaders) invade Palestine
1073 - Conquest of Jerusalem by Turks (Muslim Crusaders)
1075 - Seljuks (Muslim Crusaders) capture Nicea (Iznik) and make it their capital in Anatolia
1076 - Almoravids (Muslim Crusaders) (see 1050) conquer western Ghana
1086 - Almoravids (Muslim Crusaders) (see 1050) send help to Andalus, Battle of Zallaca
1090 - 1091 Almoravids (Muslim Crusaders) occupy all of Andalus except Saragossa and Balearic Islands
START OF WESTERN CRUSADES Only after all of the Islamic aggressive invasions is when Western Christendom launches its first Crusades. 1094 - Byzantine emperor Alexius Comnenus I asks western Christendom for help against Seljuk (Muslim Turks) invasions of his territory 1095 - Pope Urban II preaches first Crusade; they capture Jerusalem in 1099
WHY ISLAMIC CONQUESTS? Islamic scholarship divides the world in two: 1) The House of Islam (dar al-Islam): Nations submitted to Islamic rule. 2) The House of War (dar al-harb): Nations that have not submitted to Islam but must be submitted according to Islamic doctrine. Thus, Muslims (dar al-Islam) believe they must make war upon non-Muslims (dar al-harb) until all nations submit to the will of Allah and accept Sharia law.
Islam's message: Submit or Be Conquered.
SOURCES / RELATED List of Islamic Attacks on America Timeline of Islamic Crusades and Imperialism Islamic Crusades Muslim Crusades Islam and Jihad 101 Video: Muslim Persecution of Christians Islamic Jihad: Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism, and Slavery History of Jihad Islam, Slavery and Rape Islam's Long History of Forced Conversions Islamic doctrine A Concise History of the Crusades by Thomas F. Madden (Critical Issues in History) (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005) The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) by Robert Spencer (Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2005) Another Mohammed Cartoon conflagration 2006: The year of perpetual outrage Mohammed Cartoons redux: Make no apology for defending Western values; Update: Obama bows again Jihadi attack on Danish cartoonist
Picking a nit — a Crusade is a war for the cross. The Muslims have the equivalent (a jihad) which is a war for the Crescent (so to speak).
True. Holy wars are oxymoronic.
Islam is a serial murderer of entire cultures and peoples. This is what Islam has done throughout its entire history. Those whom it does not destroy, it enslaves and impoverishes. Islam is the enemy. Islam must be destroyed.
List should include the raid on Rome and looting of the tombs of St. Peter and St. Paul by Muslims in 846 A.D. Then, the naval Battle of Ostia off the port of Rome in 849 A.D. The Leonine walls at the Vatican were built as a response (Muslim captured at Ostia were forced to work on the defenses).
True enough, but I really do like the way FactReal pointed out a historical fact (Islam's agression prior to the Crusades) that many tend to overlook.
Great post FactReal!
There is a “persecuted” mindset which justifies its own actions but condemns a similar response. How many times have we seen Muslims initiate some action and then cry “persecution” when the other side responds and defends itself? I would say in just about every current conflict in the world that involves at least one Muslim side and that means just about every conflict in the world. For such a “peaceable” bunch, the Muslims sure seem to get involved in a lot of conflicts.
I’d never heard of that incident. Need to study up.
Islam has little function beyond being an explicit negation of Christianity. The famed Muslim "Dome of the Rock" on the Temple Mount of Jerusalem is a deliberate affront to Christianity, because it is covered, inside and out, with Arabic inscriptions opposing Christianity. Every passage from the Koran pertaining Jesus is included.
Revenge the Crescades!
But my point was a very minor one about word derivation. The CRUS in "crusade" refers to the cross upon which Jesus dies. The Muslims don't fight "crusades" as such. That's all I'm saying. I'm just being a nerd.
Good retort to liberals who used the Crusades against Western Civilization. Muslims looted and desecrated the graves of Peter and Paul 249 years before the First Crusade was launched.
Very good response.
Just checked Wikipedia’s entry for the sacking of the tomb. LOL, no wonder I’ve never heard of it.
Oh balogna!!!! Besides the Muslims attempted invasion of Europe centuries before the Crusades ever started, the Muzzies had been slicing and dicing anybody that just wanted to visit the holy lands...that is VISIT the Holy Lands, not to rise up against their precious MECCA or MEDINA which was in Saudi Arabia...read some history...the Crusaders (Knights Templar) started accompanying those visitors and eventually just got pissed off and started slicing and dicing themselves.
Too many Americans have been educated by ‘liberal arts’ degrees...