The Rivalry of Christianity and Islam

            The Conflict Between Christendom And Islam.


             Since Islam came into being, it has clashed numerously with the already .

             established Christianity. Their rivalry has never ceased until today. Modern .

             Examples would be Bosnia and Lebanon. There were not only military clashes .

             but political as well as economical. Although, the rivalry was incredibly intense, .

             ironically, Arabic or Islamic culture managed to severely influence the Christian .

             kingdoms. However, Christianity used all the advantages provided by Islam to .

             their advantage and through that they managed to keep the Arabs at bay. .

             Islamic civilization and its rise were thanks to one man and that is the last .

             prophet, Prophet Muhammad. Islam came into being in 622AD and it was the last .

             of the great civilizations. Islam managed to push the Arabs into a new kind of .

             Unity , which at the same time spread far beyond Arabia, Persians, Indians, .

             North African countries and parts of Europe came under its domination. .

             The Arabs managed to capture most of the most powerful economic .

             areas. In the Mediterranean their navy conquered Cyprus and crippled Byzantine .

             sea power. They first clashed with the Christians when they tried to besiege .

             Constantinople. In 711 they started their raids into Spain and in 716 they .

             conquered it. They tried to conquer France but the Franks under the leader .

             Charles Martel handed the Arabs their first defeat. From the end of the 7th .

             century till the middle of the 11th, the Mediterranean remained something of a .

             Muslim lake and western trade with East Asia wasn't cut off during these .

             centuries, it was significantly diminished and carried on in awareness of Muslim .

             dominance. ( Craig, Graham, Kagan, Turner, The heritage of western civ. .

             Pp323) .

             In the early Middle Ages the main power in Europe was always the Pope .

             and later in the 700's it was shared with Charlemagne. The combination of these .

             two managed to keep the Arab invasions at bay.

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