Media portrayals of the Crusades depict them as fierce battles between Christian knights and Muslim warriors. Others suggest that they were an episode in a wider clash of civilizations between the Western Christian world and the Muslim Middle East. But are these depictions accurate?
In this forum, which took place on September 11, 2011, at Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver campus, participants looked for an answer to this question, considering both the historical realities of the period and its impact on the modern world.
Niall Christie, the instructor, has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of St. Andrews.