3rd Crusades

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To what extent did the Christian’s approach to the Third Crusades prove different to that of the Muslim’s? Some reasons why the Christians and Muslims approach to the Third Crusade (1189–1192) was different include; religious importance, Saladin’s influence, and the Muslim’s advanced civilisation. As a result of these aspects and the difference in battle positions, Christians invading Jerusalem while the Muslims were defending, both civilisations had very different approaches to the Third Crusade which greatly impacted the outcome. The Crusades were Holy wars fought by Europeans upholding the Christian religion against the Islamic religion. The The Third Crusade, also known as the Kings' Crusade, was an attempt by European leaders to reconquer…show more content…
In many ways he was single handedly responsible for some of the successful outcomes of the Muslim’s battles. Saladin was born in Takrit in Iraq, where his father was the governor. He began his career as a member of the military machine marshalled by Nur Al Din to combat the Christian crusaders in the later half of the 12th century. Saladin’s ambitions for the military placed him in conflict with Nur Al Din. After Nur Al Din died in 1174 Saladin spent the next 12 years continuing his program of unifying the Muslim princes of Syria and Palestine. (Campo, 2009.) Associate professor of religious studies at the University of California, Juan E. Campo writes, “Once he had accomplished this - either by treaty or force, Saladin focused his efforts on expelling the Crusaders from the region.” The high point of Saladin’s career came with the restoration of the Muslim Holy places in Jerusalem. The last years of his life were spent battling the Christian forces in the Third Crusade, which ended in stalemate. (Campo, 2009.) Juan E. Campo then expands on her previous writing by stating, “previous Muslim leaders were very focused on themselves, this lead to disorganisation throughout the lands and resulted in the loss of major cities to the Christian Crusaders.” (Campo, 2009.) John Child, author of The Crusades supports Juan E. Campo stating, “One of…show more content…
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