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Another factor not mentioned in other answers seems to be something mentioned by Dan Carlin in a recent podcast: a trick played by Pope Leo III on Charlemagne, which had him place the crown on the kneeling king's head. This basically confirmed that the Pope had the right to nominate/declare the king, and put the practical point on the "Catholic Justified ...


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To add to the answer's already here: Muhammad would have probably been brought up in the pagan culture of his tribe. However, according to accounts, his job as a young man was to lead his uncle's merchant caravans. This would have meant travelling from Mecca to other big trading spots in the area, like Damascus for example. This would have exposed the ...


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Many ethnic greeks also converted to Islam but were expelled from mainland Greece and the islands after the independence of Greece and also in 1922. In Syria and Lebanon there are remnants of this community. I also know a Lybian friend of mine whose grandmother was Cretan (not Turkish) muslim. I find Tyler's comment claiming that Islam was suited for ...


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The OP asked for historical accounts, unfortunately there is unlikely a complete and accurate first hand account Muhammad's life before his prophet-hood, including about his belief. According to Karen Armstrong, "We know practically nothing" about Muhammad's life before his receiving of revelation (and becoming a prophet), because he was not yet a major ...


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There were several factors to account for conversion, but the main one was that the culture of the Albanians was much more suited to Islam than to Christianity. First of all, the rebellion of Skanderbeg in the 15th century infuriated the Pont, so after he was finally defeated, they made a special and determined effort to convert the Albanians to Islam. This ...


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If we accept mythological and "divine" figures as having "divinity" or being "sacred", here is a short list from the Hindu pantheon, and by no means exhaustive: Ila: Is both sexes, changing sex seasonally. Married to Budh or Mercury-God (planet Mercury). Goes through many transformations. In the Ramayana, the Linga Purana and the Mahabharata, Ila grows ...


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Of course this is about history. The ancient Greeks had stories about the soothsayer Tiresias. He was born a man, but after seeing a pair of snakes copulating he was transformed into a woman, married and had children. Seven years later, after seeing the copulating snakes a second time he turned back into a man, but was blind, and had prophetic powers. There ...


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Franco did not think that you couldn't be a Catholic and a bloodthirsty Fascist dictator at the same time, because he was. Franco wouldn't have been able to win the war against the Spanish Republic without Hitler's help. In turn, Franco supplied Hitler with materiel before and during world war two, and was only prevented from joining the war on Hitler's ...


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I found many citations (e.g., here) for this quote to Réforme, which is a French, Protestant weekly, not a Spanish newspaper. Being Protestant, it's hardly a credible source for the extraordinary claim that Hitler is a "son of the Catholic Church" who "died while defending Christianity." The quote is obviously spurious.



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