When we think of the Crusades, we often call to mind images of conflict and competition between the world’s three Abrahamic faiths. Glorified in its time, the Crusades are now seen as a troubling chapter of world history. Like all historical events, however, the Crusades cannot be viewed in black and white terms. Rather, we must examine their complex historical and cultural context.
.In this 12-topic audio or video course, you will look at the Crusades through the eyes of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, coming to understand the importance of the Holy Land to all three groups. You will also gain a fuller appreciation for the ideas of just war and jihad that were at work during the Middle Ages. Along with the three major faiths, you will also explore crusade arts, letters, and architecture. You will encounter the Templars, the notion of crusading in popular history, why myths persist, and the state of Christian-Muslim relations today.
Understanding the Crusades is necessary for all Christians today. You will find this course fascinating.
The class will meet beginning Sept.4th to Nov.20 on Tuesday morning from 7:00-8:15 am in Conference room (PLC 6). Each class will include a video presentation by Professor Christopher Bellitto and a book by Thomas F. Madden entitled, “The New Concise History of the Crusades…” all of which will be facilitated by Dc. Spenser Silvers. Participants should purchase the book from book distributors.