1. When does the challenge of Islam to the West first begin? How was Islam viewed at that time?
The challenge of Islam to the West dates back to the Ottoman Empire which conquered much of Europe. The Muslim Empire was viewed with fear and the Prophet Muhammad was viewed as the Great Pretender. Islam was viewed as a violent religion.
2. How have the feelings of Europeans towards Muslims developed since the initial fear and hatred began? What has caused this development? To what have these feelings towards Muslims led?
The views that the Europeans developed during the period of the Crusades carried over into the present day and became intensified as the followers of Islam developed a hatred of the West. This hatred is the result of Western behavior in the Islamic world and led to the development of Muslim extremists.
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