Is Islam in a siege mentality?

It’s a theory but Islam may be stuck in a siege mentality.  Religions, cultures, and societies can develop a siege mentality.   When sociological groups of peoples, cultures, religions or societies believe itself to be constantly attacked, oppressed or isolated, they retreat inward or fight for survival.   Islam has felt like a defeated underdog for centuries and has a hard time to forget.

Since 9-11 and the war on Iraq, perhaps Islam has been reminded of such emotions on a societal level.  It has felt defeated since… and perhaps ever since the crusaders defeated the Islamic empires in the 12th century (watch 1300 Years of Islamic History below).  The war between the crusaders and Islamic empires were bloody and violent.  The crusaders ended up pillaging and destroying the Islamic empire and relinquished the Holy Land and Jerusalem from the hands of the Islamic Empire–but in the end, shed a lot of blood.  It’s nothing Christians are proud of.  But I wonder and ask myself the question, “What if the west did not do anything in retaliation after 9-11?”

Islam does have a dark and evil past.  Its historic Middle Eastern caliphates eventually morphed into other caliphates and empires.  The former Christian church of Asia Minor (of New Testament times) (which is modern-day Turkey) was eliminated by bloody violent force and was forcibly wiped-out by Islam. These were historic cities of the Church mentioned in the New Testament: Antioch, Thessalonica, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, Philadelphia, Tarsus, Laodicea, etc.  However, we as Christians haven’t develop a siege mentality, or at least we’ve already moved past our loss centuries ago and made new history.  But not so with radical Islam. ISIS has been arrogant enough to verbally threaten to attack Rome one day and take over the Vatican.  This is not the first time Islam has tried to dominate the world and destroy Christianity.  Where are we supposed to go from here?  As Christians, we don’t want to provoke violence, and are called to love our neighbor.  But what do we do when our neighbors don’t reciprocate love for their neighbors?

2 thoughts on “Is Islam in a siege mentality?

  1. Marie, I like your comment:
    “It is their acts that we object to while maintaining that they have the right to believe as they choose.”
    Yes, you are absolutely right on. God has given every person the freedom of conscience to choose, and to choose (like you say) “not under duress” but “freely”. I just also wish that Islam can come to understand that for themselves. I wonder what it will take for extremist Muslims to “get it”. Just wish it doesn’t come to all-out war to create submission and understanding.


  2. ” As Christians, we don’t want to provoke violence, and are called to love our neighbor. ”
    As parents we ‘love’ our children when we discipline them. I do not think the act of letting Islam know that we-the United States- will not sit back and be disrespected is a lack of love but rather a necessarily ‘discipline’. It is their acts that we object to while maintaining that they have the right to believe as they choose.
    I have not looked at the movie yet but I will. I am pleased that you mentioned that Islam is not without their ‘history’. When I had to take the class ‘Terrorism’ in College, it was blatantly evident that the book was written by non-Christians. Throughout the book, all the evil that happened in the history of the world was the fault of Christianity, all to the sorrow and demise of Islam. No mention was made of Islam’s violence over the centuries.
    I am not trying to play a blaming game here. I am pointing out that committing violence in the name of God or gods is a dangerous thing. Yes, I do recall God telling the Israelites to destroy whole towns to the last baby and animal. No, I do not understand it all. But I do know that fighting a battle to give young men something to do, or to make money-as the Crusaders did-is not God’s way. Neither is killing to make someone accept your beliefs. God wants a heart that chooses Him freely, not under duress.


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