Interesting Quote about Muslim treatment during the Crusades

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Spanish Muslim geographer Ibn Jubayr wrote about what he saw in the regions occupied by the evil Christian Crusaders:

“... lands were efficiently cultivated. The inhabitants were all Muslims. They live in comfort with the Franks – may God preserve them from temptation! Their dwellings belong to them and all their property is unmolested. All their regions, patrolled by the Crusaders in Syria are subject to the same system: The land that remains, the villages and farms, have remained in the hands of the Muslims. Now, doubt invests the hearts of a great number of these men when they compare their lot to that of their brothers living in Muslim territories. Indeed, the latter suffer from the injustices of their co-religionists, whereas the Franks act with equity.”


Thought I'd share this as it shows the usual narrative of Christians BAD muslims persecuted may not be correct
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Spanish Muslim geographer Ibn Jubayr wrote about what he saw in the regions occupied by the evil Christian Crusaders:

“... lands were efficiently cultivated. The inhabitants were all Muslims. They live in comfort with the Franks – may God preserve them from temptation! Their dwellings belong to them and all their property is unmolested. All their regions, patrolled by the Crusaders in Syria are subject to the same system: The land that remains, the villages and farms, have remained in the hands of the Muslims. Now, doubt invests the hearts of a great number of these men when they compare their lot to that of their brothers living in Muslim territories. Indeed, the latter suffer from the injustices of their co-religionists, whereas the Franks act with equity.”


Thought I'd share this as it shows the usual narrative of Christians BAD muslims persecuted may not be correct

A point well made, there's often an absurdly lopsided view of the crusaders as bloodthirsty psychopaths. The truth, as your quote illustrates, is that for much of the existence of the Crusader Kingdoms in the Holy Land, the different faiths lived alongside each other fairly peaceably. By way of illustration, it has been said that the Franks living in the Holy Land were really rather embarrassed by the arrival of the Second Crusade in the 1140s, as it threatened to upset the peaceful balance they were trying to maintain with their Muslim neighbours.

The fact is that, for those who chose to settle there after the First Crusade, they simply had to face reality. In the absence of legions of Christian colonists, they had to work with the inhabitants who were already in place and many of them were Muslim.
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