Muslim Virtues Essay
The Christian View of Muslim Virtues The European Christians often describe the Muslims as possessing characteristics of Satan. In “History of the Jerusalem Journey”16 by Peter Tudebode, a Christian knight is captured by the Muslims and faces being put to death if he does not convert to the Muslim religion. The knight refuses and gracefully accepts death rather than convert. In the story the Muslim emir appears to reflect the role of Satan trying desperately to tempt the Christian knight to deny …show more content…
In the account, Urban II attempts to persuade the Christian Franks to declare war on the Muslims and take back the “Holy Land”. He exclaims that the Muslims are an unclean group of people who rape women and subject their prisoners to unusually cruel forms of torture. He states that the Muslims, “destroy the altars, after having defiled them with their uncleanness.”18 In his speech Pope Urban II illustrates that Christians viewed the Muslims as being dirty and …show more content…
In the account, Muhammad is described as the “first-born son of Satan” who “falsely declared that he was a prophet sent from God and thereby led astray the lands of the East”.20 He explains that the Muslim people “employed sword and violence, instead of preaching and exhortation, to compel the people, however reluctant, to embrace the erroneous tenets of the prophet”.21 This account of the Muslims seems to reflect the Christian view that Muslims violently forced people into believing in Muhammad.
17.) Robert the Monk, "Urban and the Crusaders," in Dana C. Munro, ed., Translations and Reprints from the Original Sources of European History, Vol 1:2 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1865), 5-8 (http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/urban2-5vers.asp-Robert)
18.) Robert the Monk, 5-8.
19.) William of Tyre, “A History of Deeds Done Beyond the Sea,”in M. Wiesner, W. B. Wheeler, F. Doeringer, and K. Curtis, eds, “Two Faces of ‘Holy War’: Christians and Muslims (1095- 1270s),” Chapter Seven in Discovering the Global Past: A Look at the Evidence, Vol. 1, 4th ed. (Boston: Wadsworth, 2012). 194.
20.) William of Tyre, 194.
21.) William of Tyre,