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The Conflict Between Christendom And IslamSince Islam came into being it has clashed numerously with the already established Christianity Their rivalry has never ceased until today Modern Examples would be Bosnia and Lebanon There were not only military clashes but political as well as economical Although the rivalry was incredibly intense ironically Arabic or Islamic culture managed to severely influence the Christian kingdoms However Christianity used all the advantages provided by Islam to their advantage and through that they managed to keep the Arabs at bay Islamic civilization and its rise were thanks to one man and that is the last prophet Prophet Muhammad Islam came into being in 622AD and it was the last of the great civilizations Islam managed to push the Arabs into a new kind of Unity which at the same time spread far beyond Arabia Persians Indians North African countries and parts of Europe came under its domination The Arabs managed to capture most of the most powerful economic areas In the Mediterranean their navy conquered Cyprus and crippled Byzantine sea power They first clashed with the Christians when they tried to besiege Constantinople In 711 they started their raids into Spain and in 716 they conquered it They tried to conquer France but the Franks under the leader Charles Martel handed the Arabs their first defeat From the end of the 7th century till the middle of the 11th the Mediterranean remained something of a Muslim lake and western trade with East Asia wasnt cut off during these centuries it was significantly diminished and carried on in awareness of Muslim dominance Craig Graham Kagan Turner The heritage of western civ In the early Middle Ages the main power in Europe was always the Pope and later in the 700s it was shared with Charlemagne The combination of these two managed to keep the Arab invasions at bay But the Christians did benefit with their contact with Islamic
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