Sunday, February 19, 2012

Israeli Arabs can salute Magen David as Muslim symbol

Jerusalem Post published an article on August 18, 2009 under the title: Oren: Israeli Arabs can salute Magen David as Muslim symbol . "I would hope that Israeli Arabs would also feel a sense of loyalty to a flag that has a symbol on it, a star, which is also actually an Islamic symbol, not just an exclusively Jewish symbol," Oren said...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Jew Watch

 Jew Watch is the most famous anti semitic website 
 It's Logo includes a colorful star of David above Hammer and Sickle 
the former USSR Coat of Arms 
hinting that Jews were behind the invention of Communism

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The six pointed star and the crescent

Contemporary Crescent and six pointed Star in the old City of Jerusalem. in Arabic this crescent emblem is called hilal.
Photo: Ze'ev Barkan
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It is interesting to notice that the origin of the famous Islamic symbol of the five pointed star and the crescent was not Islamic but Sassanian, and at first it had six points.  The five pointed star and the crescent actually became a symbol of Islam only during the 19th century, sporting on the Ottoman flag from 1793. It entered the Turkish Flag in 1923 and then it had been adopted by other Muslim countries.  Actually the Crescent and six pointed Star appear already on a roman Denarius minted by Augustus (27 BC-CE 14)
Photo from Wikipedia entry: File:Augustus_denarius_coin_star_crescent
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Coin of King Juba II of Numidia 
52/50 BC – CE 23
King Juba II was a close friend of Augustus 

And on byzantine Drachma from  52-42 BCE

Michael G. Morony in his book Iraq after the Muslim conquest p. 40 writes that the star and the crescent were combined for the first  time on the coins of Khosrau I the twentieth Sassanid Emperor (also called Chosroes I, and Anushirvan  (r. 531–579. Hurmizd IV replaced the six pointed star in some of his coins with a five pointed star. This tradition continued on coins of the seventh century.  After the conquest of Iraq the Muslim Government accepted  these coins as well. This tradition lasted until 695 or 696, when coins were minted without any images.

Picture from Wikipedia entry: Khosrau I

Yoel Natan in his book Moon-o-theism: religion of a war and moon god prophet Vol. 2 p. 434 wrote that  "In ottoman times the crescent and the star became emblems on Muslim battle flags and royal standards.
Chief Hizir Hayreddin (Barbarossa) was the Great Admiral of the navy of Suleiman the Magnificent from 1534 until his death on 1546. Now the flag is at the Naval Museum of Istanbul.

Picture is copied from Wikipedia
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Christian Star surrounding Muslin Crescent in a Mosaic Pavement at the 8th century Monastery of St. Euthymius in Mishor Adumin. The Monastery  was built by members of an Arab Tribe which lived nearby.

Photo by Sakra (c) 2011
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Provisional - 1915 overprint on 1892 Turkish stamp
Picture from Wikipedia entry Postage stamps and postal history of Turkey
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1923 Riffan Banknote
The Republic of the Rif  (North Morocco) was created in 1921
Image from Wikipedia entry Rif Republic

"Before the 14th century, the crescent and star does not seem to have been associated with Islam at all, and appears in Christian iconography. Miniature illustrating the victory of the Mongols (left) over the Mamluks (right) at the Battle of Homs (14th-century illustration from a manuscript of the History of the Tatars). The flag of the Mamluks is shown as a black star and crescent on a red field. The crescent is facing the hoist, and the star is shown as a six-pointed mullet".

Crescent and six pointed Star from the seal of the 
Jewish Community of Regensburg, Germany, Middle ages

Jewish star and crescent in  early 14th century, Spain, Mocatta Hagaddha


See Also an article in French

A six-pointed star on a flag from 1545

A six-pointed star on a 1545 depiction of the flag of the city of Maastricht
From Wikipedia entry: Star_(heraldry)

Yellow Badge in a Demonstration

In 15 March 2002 in Zurich, Switzerland, demonstrators carried 20 large yellow stars of David with the words Palestinian in English and in Hebrew in the inner hexagonal frame in a campaign against Israeli policy towards the Palestinians

1894- Eugen Sandow's Star of David

 Huge Star of David on Eugen Sandow's chest
1867 -  1925
Jewish founder of body building
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 Courtesy of  Stephanie Comfort

Friday, February 10, 2012

Cancel shape (mail)

Russian Postmarks, An Introduction and Guide by Kiryushkin and Robinson 
Between 1880 and 1905
St Petersburg Post Office used different shapes for the cancellation of their postage stamps
  including the six pointed star shape. In 1905 these cancellations  were replaced by machine postmarks

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USA Cancellation stamp

Thursday, February 09, 2012

The Star of David and the Koran

Many Solomon Seal Symbols adorn 
 this Koran case 
in the shape of the Dome of the Rock
which is exhibited 
at the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts 
Istanbul, Turkey
Copyright 2008 Patrick Breen from Flickr (CC)
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Stars of David (Solomons Seals)
 in an endless pattern on
Baybar's Kuran 
written entirely in gold in 1304 for a Mamluk Sultan in Cairo, Egypt

Solomon Seal Symbols adorn  this Koran page
 at the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
CC image by mahaz from Flickr

Stylized Star of David is exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is from a page of the Koran from the Central Islamic lands (Iraq?), 9th-10th century. Ink and gold paint on parchment. 
"Centuries before block printing was introduced in Europe, the technique was used in the Islamic world to produce miniature texts consisting of prayers, incantations, and Qur’anic verses that were kept in amulet boxes".

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Star of David on an Amulet from the 11th century Fatimid Egypt, ink on paper, is kept at The Metropolitan Museum of Art


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Islam art et géométrie  by Roger BASTIEN p. 64 there's a colorful star of David (Muslims call it Solomon's Seal on the whole cover of a Koran. It was printed in 1822 in Syria
 A large Solomon's Seal appears in An'am Sharif  (a book of prayers and excerpts from the Quran) which was printed in 1761-2

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In a Forum called there are a few references to sources  that mention the Star of David 
Imam Ridha  in the book “Al Tuhfa Al Radhawiya” page 294 mentions it as a form of protection. In the book “Daar Al Salaam” by “ Mirza Al Noori Al Tubrisi” page 20 part 3
 in the book “Akseer Al Da’awaat” page 155 and in the book “Makarim Al Akhlaq” page 336 (to push away one type of fevers
 Sheikh Radhy Al Deen Al Tubrisi in the book “Makarim Al Akhlaq” page 336

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Two colorful stars of David from 1856  sport on the mirbar at the Ottoman Vezir Mosque Heraklion (now Ag Titos church) under the first verse of Koran

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Manuscript from China, 16th-17th century, with verses from the Kuran 

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

1631- Testour mosque in Tunisia

Solomon’s seals
1631-built in
Testour mosque in Tunisia
 CC Picture by Bellyglad From Flickr

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

1504 Book printer William Faques

Six pointed star on the device of 
book printer 
William Faques 
A Short History of English Printing, 1476-1898 
by Henry R. Plomer, 1900

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Druze Star of David

 MK Kara: Druze are Descended from Jews 
The secret is out, says Druze MK Ayoub Kara: "The Druze are actually descended from the Jewish people, and genetic evidence proves it
By David Lev
First Publish: 10/25/2010

Only among Druze do you find a red Star of David, in homes, cemeteries, and places of worship,” Kara says. This is one sign that has been open and visible for centuries, unlike most of the other ones, yet few have noticed