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There seem to be at least two sources of the Ottoman crescent, none of them related to Islam. 1) The standard of the Kayihan Khanate, founded by Osman Gazi (Osman I) in western Anatolia. It is said the symbol on the standard goes back to the seal or tamgha of the ancestral Kayi tribe. 2) The crescent and the star of Byzantion (later Constantinople). Here ...
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