posted on Sep, 12 2010 @ 07:55 PM
Originally posted by Siddharta
Originally posted by nenothtu
GREEN crescent (not quite "half") moon, not red. Forcing them to wear red crescents would be very intolerant of you, since every good muslim knows
that green is the "prophets" color.
Why, THAT would be as intolerant as if the muslims forced jews to wear a monkey symbol on themselves, and christians to wear a pig symbol! OH, wait,
they've already done that, in Moorish Spain... aka al-Andalus.
Thanks for the colour correction. Indeed I am suffering from green-red deficiency (no joke!). Do you have a source for that? I only know the Jewish
star of the Nazis.
I presume you were referring to my reference to the symbol that non-muslims were required to wear in Moorish al-Andalus.
link to one reference, which takes it's suurce as a muslim writing of it around 900 AD. The salient part of the article I give here:
For example, the contemporary scholar J.M. Safran discusses an early codification of the rules of the marketplace (where Muslims and non-Muslims
would be most likely to interact), written by al-Kinani (d. 901), a student of the Cordovan jurist Ibn Habib (d. 853), “…known as the scholar of
Spain par excellence,” who was also one of the most ardent proponents of Maliki doctrine in Muslim Spain:
…the problem arises of “the Jew or Christian who is discovered trying to blend with the Muslims by not wearing the riqā [cloth patch, which
might be required to have an emblem of an ape for a Jew, or a pig for a Christian] or zunnār [belt].” Kinani’s insistence that Jews and
Christians wear the distinguishing piece of cloth or belt required of them is an instance of a legally defined sartorial differentiation being
reconfirmed…His insistence may have had as much to do with concerns for ritual purity and food prohibitions as for the visible representation of
social and political hierarchy, and it reinforced limits of intercommunal relations
The rest of the article is pretty good, too, but most really doesn't bear on this thread, other than in a peripheral way.
I can look up references to the prophet's color as green too, if you'd like. I think your confusion there was merely because of the Red Crescent, an
Islamic analogue to the Red Cross. Green being the color of Mohammed is the reason for all the green headbands at Palestinian militant rallies, for
I apologize for taking so long to reply.
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