chapter  8
Muslim Conversion to Christianity
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The popular image of the crusading period is one of two implacable enemies engaged in almost constant warfare. But accommodation did occur between the two sides, as has been amply demonstrated by a number of studies, although little scholarly energy has been expended in examining non-resistance to the Franks within the context of non-elites, and what little of this energy has been expended has focussed instead on the politico-military elites and their treaties with the Franks.1 This chapter and the two following will attempt to make some progress in this field by examining aspects of Muslim non-resistance to the Franks, starting with conversions to Christianity.