Muslims and the Crusades
Who did the crusades benefit?
•Christians more than many Muslims
•Although Muslims were successful in driving Christians from Middle
East, they lost their lands in Iberia.
•Contact between two cultures benefited Muslims more.
•Muslims had less to gain because they were more advanced.
Impact on Muslims as a group
• The Crusades were a terrible ordeal for many Muslims.
• An unknown number of Muslims lost their lives in battles and
• The Crusades also destroyed Muslim property.
• Muslims gained exposure to some new weapons and military ideas
during the Crusades.
• Muslims began to adopt a standing army.
• Money helped to fund projects such as new mosques and religious
• Muslims banded together to fight their common foe.
• Salah Al-Din ruled Egypt and parts of Syria and Arabia until 1250.
The Experiences of Individuals
• Salah Al-Din was the greatest Muslim leader during the Crusades.
• He grew up during the Crusades and decided that Muslims needed
to defend themselves, and Islam.
• Salah Al-Din wasn’t like most rulers because he ransomed or freed
• Usamah ibn-Munqidh was another powerful ruler who fought
fearlessly against Crusaders.
• He respected both Christians and Jews because of their belief in
• His belief in God helped him when he negotiated with Crusaders.
• He wrote very valuable accounts of the Crusades from a Muslim
point of view.
• Bower, Bert. History Alive! The Medieval
World and Beyond. Palo Alto, CA 94303:
Teachers Curriculum Inst, 2005.
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