Rodney Stark, “God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades”–my review

God's Battalions: The Case for the CrusadesGod’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades by Rodney Stark
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The book is rather concise, so it is perhaps not ideal as your first book on this topic. Really the author is not just trying to give you the basics on the so-called ‘Crusades’ (a word invented centuries after the fact), but trying to reveal, successfully I think, how distorted and biased Western scholarship has been in approaching this hot topic. An excellent read, but if this is your first book on the topic, don’t stop, because it is only one piece of a much larger puzzle. All in all, this is a masterful deconstruction of Occidentalist scholarship.

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Author: duanemiller

I was born in Montana and grew up in Colorado and Puebla (in Mexico). I completed a BA in philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and then an MA in theology at St Mary's University (also in San Antonio). Later life took me to Jordan where my wife and I studied Arabic, to Israel where I helped found a seminary, and to Scotland for doctoral work, among other places. I live in Madrid now where I teach and minister. I'm highly interested in the interactions of Islam, Christianity and secularism in modern contexts. My main areas of research for my PhD in divinity were religious conversion from Islam to Christianity, contextual theology, and the shari'a's treatment of apostates. I've also published research on global Anglicanism and the history of Anglican mission in the Ottoman Empire. I've had the pleasure of teaching in many places over the years: from Costa Rica to Turkey, and Kenya to Tunisia. I am associate professor at the Protestant Faculty of Theology at Madrid (UEBE) and priest at the Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer in Madrid, Spain. Visit my blog ( or page for more information.

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