Very often, the Crusades are cited as being an UNPROVOKED ATTACK on poor defenseless Muslims in the Middle-East. Likewise, it is widely taught that the Crusades were extremely bloodthirsty and took place in order to seize a lot of land and plunder.
This image of the Crusades was first portrayed in the 19th century by a host of academics, such as Voltaire. It is a curious fact that up to the beginning of the 20th century, the Muslims (Arabs) in the Middle-East considered the Crusades as an insignificant victory against the small and disorganised Christians from the West. The perception of the Crusades had been politicized as part of pan-Arab nationalism. We have a tendency in the West to view the Crusades through a secular lens. The history of the Crusades has been further distorted by radical Muslims elements, who use it as an excuse to justify attacks on the West.