The Star and Crescent

The star and crescent is actually Islam’s most well-known symbol. It adorns the tops of Muslim mosques and is widely featured as a main part of many Islamic flags, such as Turkey’s and Pakistan’s national flags. Many scholars argue that this sign originated in the Ottoman Empire and is not at all Islamic in origin. It’s seen as an example of cultural dissemination. It became connected with Islam as Islam spread to the Ottoman Turks, who put this sign on their flag. This debate continues to this day. Many Islamic governments and organizations now include the crescent into their logos or flags, and proponents of the crescent as the symbol of Islam cite specific verses in the Quran to support their position.

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