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This short book written by medieval historian, Thomas Madden, offers a fresh perspective on the Crusades. He refutes the commonly held belief that the Crusades are the reason for the current tensions between Islam and the West and that Catholics are to blame for starting them in the first place.

Closing the gap between historical understanding and popular perception, Madden shows that it's not the Crusades that led to the conflict between the Muslim Middle East and the West but the artificial memory passed down by Arab nationalists and Islamists.

Today, when the Crusades are used as a justification for recent wars and acts of violence, The Crusades Controversy provides a sane understanding of how these holy wars fit within the context of history and the modern challenges our world faces today.

©2017 Thomas F. Madden (P)2018 Thomas F. Madden

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  • Rebecca
  • 14-02-2020

Required reading for any educated person.

I cannot think of a single subject modern historians have gotten more wrong than that of the crusades. If you’re going to read a book on the crusades, do yourself a favor and read this first. This short book should be used as a yardstick to measure any other book on the subject.


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  • DP
  • 24-01-2019

Short, and to the point.

Must read/ listen especially if you are a young college student. This book/ audio is just one of a thousand on many subjects that have been colored by the present day media and academy.

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