ISSN: 0041-4255
e-ISSN: 2791-6472

Aydın Usta

Keywords: Embracing Islam, Crusades, Renegade, Middle East


Crusades began with the speech of Pope II. Urbanus at Clermont in 1095, in which he advocated reclaiming Jerusalem, the center of the Christianity, and assisting the eastern Christians. But in spite of this religious basis, the crusades were actually closely connected with the struggle for political power, as well as the collapse of the social-economical regime it was associated with, and the desire of papacy for profane power. Ali these reasons were the reflections of the events of conversion during the Crusades which are the subject matter of this article.