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Medieval Crusade and Jihad

by: Taylor Gipson

Medieval Crusade and Jihad 4330

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Week 1 of Notes over Christianity.
Medieval Crusades and the Jihad
Kathryn Beebe
Class Notes
ancient, crusades, Jihad, Muslim, christians, Jews, history
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Date Created: 09/08/16
HIST 4330: Medieval Crusade and Jihad Europe and Western Christianity to the year 1095 “There is not a more dangerous tendency in human history than that of representing that past as if it were a rational whole and dictated by clearly defined interests.” – J. Huizinga, The Waning of the Middle Ages Key Points: o Centrality of Christianity in formation of Latin West and marginal positionthf Jewish communities o Important of 11 century papal reform movement in shaping popular piety o Significance of papal-imperial struggle  Rome’s 3 Cultural Heirs: o Latin (Western)- language of the Church o Byzantine o Islamic- growing out of the Old Roman Empire  The Ecclesiastical Hierarchy: o Pope  Begins to claim more territory/power for himself. Secular rulers opposed him. Pope transitions from Vigor of St. Peter to the Vigor of Christ.  Territory of the 5 patriarchs in 381 A.D.  Rome  Constantinople  Antioch  Jerusalem  Alexandria o Cardinals  Bishops or Archbishops o Priests/Monks o Laity  Centrality of Christianity: o Monks and missionaries begin to “settle.” o The Monastic Contribution  Turn to God for further help.  Help save the whole population  Knights were in conflicted because their job is to kill but it’s a sin, stated clearly in the Bible. How can you be a good soldier and a good Christian?  Huge influence in the architecture o Major Goals of Latin Rulers:  Convert pagans to Christianity  Create a “properly ordered” Christendom  Jewish Movement HIST 4330: Medieval Crusade and Jihad o How would you describe the position of Jewish people in Europe before 1050? (Post Diaspora)  Nomadic, to a point. Allowed to settle but only with conditions. Lesser status/tolerance under Christianity than under Islam.  Proper Order o Pope Gregory VII  Gregorian Reform  Eliminate lay control of church.  Purify clergy o No more marriage or sexual activity. o No more purchasing of offices, or simony. Pay to be in a political office position. o No more subservience to powerful lay lords.  Gregorian Reform enhances authority and prestige of both papacy and ecclesiastical structure and challenges priests to identify where their loyalities lie. o Penintential of Theodore  Pay for sins  “…with wonderful consideration set forth the sentences of sinners or the number of years one ought to do penance for every sin.” – Theodore, Liber Pontificalis o For example, if you murder your neighbor, you’re sent on a pilgrimage to holy sites like Jerusalem as payage to what you’ve done. o Ambiguous because people weren’t actually sure it would work. o Henry IV isn’t happy with this, so the Investiture Conflict arises.  Who has the right to ‘invest’ clergy with symbols of authority? Who is ultimately the superior power?  Pope Urban II (1088-1099) o Reformer pope in the Gregorian tradition. o Concerned about:  Spiritual laity  Imperial and secular power  Schism between Latin’s and Greeks  Proper order in Christendom o Calls the First Crusade in 1095 What central themes underlie the idea of crusade? HIST 4330: Medieval Crusade and Jihad  Jerusalem is the center of the world, “belly button.”  Violence within Church, so the crusade takes the negative and transitions it to positive.  Unifying and sanctifying religion with the violence.  For Claster, she believes pilgrimage, penance, Holy War and Jihad (struggle or strive: Greater Jihad which is living virtuously according to Islam and the Lesser Jihad which is preserving Islam from its enemies) were the central themes behind a crusade.


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