Tuesday, April 27, 2004
The crescent on the Turkish flag has a dual symbolism. The first obviously relates to the Ottoman Islamic Caliphate. The second is the Grey Wolf nostalgia relating to pre-Islamic Central-Asian Turkic warriors, whose favourite battle formation was a crescent. In fact the first pre-Islamic Turks' contact with Muslim Arabs was in a battle where they swept across the moonlit grasslands and crushed an Arab-occupied colony in the same classic crescent formation. Ironically, these Turks did so in response to a plea from Buddhist and -- get this -- Hindu people, who were fleeing Arab persecution in this colony.
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