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  1. Christianity and Islam have shared some commonalities since they have some beliefs that are similar and although the two may have shared some good relations and interaction
  2. In 1798 the French led by Napoleon Bonaparte took over Egypt a fete that had not been managed before in the medieval age
  3. During this period there was also consolidation of European power and control over the Muslim nations and also the strengthening of the different colonial empires in Europe
  4. In the 19th century there was stereotyping of the Islamic religion and the Muslims that have shaped the image of the Muslims since then
  5. There were also positive attributes that would be seen in the identification of the idealization and demonization of the orient by the European

Christianity and Islam have shared some commonalities since they have some beliefs that are similar and although the two may have shared some good relations and interaction the European Christians and the Middle Eastern Muslims have had their fair share of conflict and aggression in the past. In the Middle ages Islam had conquered and taken control over a large part of African states, the Middle East and some European states a factor that caused aggressive behavior and conflict between the European and Islamic parts of the divide.

[...] There was also the paradigm of the superiority of European Civilization that became dominant among the academicians and Europeans. The rise of Europe seemed inevitable and Europe became the most dominant model due to its changes and rise of academic superiority over the other models thereby labeling Islam as ?others?. The Muslims that were in this case being labeled as the Orient were associated with stagnation and immobility meaning that the Europeans considered Christianity and the European culture to be the dominant culture (Harlow Barbara and Mia 85). [...]


[...] During this period there was also consolidation of European power and control over the Muslim nations and also the strengthening of the different colonial empires in Europe to ensure that they remained as the sole colonial power in the world. The question of division of the empires by the European powers was also raised with different colonial powers looking to cement their power over the Islamic nations and the divisions were therefore important to ensure that each European state party to the engagement had its fair share of control in the Islamic region. [...]


[...] There were different courses that were taken by each group and with the European taking a different approach they considered the Muslims as who were not to be regarded in the same light as the Europeans did. It is therefore important to understand the patterns that came out in the middle-ages and the different discourses that had been established in order to understand the different beliefs and assertions by the European Christians towards Islam. This paper looks at the anti-Islam discourse of Medieval Europe that fueled the crusades to 19th century Orientalism that generated European colonialism. [...]

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