Running Head: HOW DIFFERENT WERE THE CHRISTIAN AND MUSLIM RESPONSES?
The Black Death: How Different Were the Christian and Muslim Responses? Janeece Richardson
Jonesboro High School
This paper discusses the responses of the Christians and Muslims during the Black Death. According to research Muslims tended to stay more calm and relaxed. While Christians started getting upset, this led to pointing fingers. In particular, this paper states exactly how the Muslims reacted versus the way the Christians reacted towards the cruel Black Death.
The Black Death: How Different Were the Christian and Muslim Responses?
In 1346 European traders began to hear reports about earthquakes, floods, locusts, famine, and plague in faraway China. They knew very little then that the plague they were hearing about would follow the same trade routes to the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe that they themselves used. In five short years, the plague killed between 25 and 45% of the populations it encountered. So how different were the Christian and Muslim responses? In 1348 Christianity and Islam came face to face with the Black Death. In truth, Muslims and Christians responded in many different ways. Their ideas for what caused the Black Death were somewhat different from each other also. Even the way they thought they could cure the disease was almost entirely different. With evidence and accounts of people that exist from the Bubonic Plague, one may come to a conclusion that Christians were actually much more out of control than Muslims were during this time of need.
Responses that Christians made were much different from Muslims during the Bubonic Plague. William Dene described Christians as being in such chaos that “The laborers and skilled workmen were imbued with such a spirit of rebellion that neither king, law nor justice would curb them.” What Dene is basically describing is that because of the Black Death Christians...
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