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I'm currently studying Aikido and Taiji. I'm informally studying jo and bokken.


Aug
16
reviewed Edit suggested edit on 3rd-century tag wiki excerpt
Aug
16
revised 3rd-century wiki excerpt
inserted space after comma in dates for clarity & standardization; changed AD to CE to match modern practice.
Aug
16
reviewed Leave Open Two side of history
Aug
16
reviewed Edit Were the ancient Israelites of a darker skin tone?
Aug
16
revised Were the ancient Israelites of a darker skin tone?
Spellcheck; capitalization.
Aug
16
comment Two side of history
Life is not simple; nothing is black and white, people don't fall neatly into categories of hero and villain. Hitler was a vegetarian, Churchill was an alcoholic. Part of the point of studying history is to learn to appreciate the complexity of people, of movements, and of situtations.
Aug
16
comment What do we know ***historically*** about Jesus?
This question appears to be off-topic because it fails to demonstrate preliminary research.
Aug
15
reviewed No Action Needed Why some countries have more than one name?
Aug
15
comment What was the exact time of announcement of Indian independence?
This would be a better answer if it included more references and fewer opinions.
Aug
15
comment Why some countries have more than one name?
Did you do any research before posting? Possible overlap Not strictly a duplicate, but related. Overlap2
Aug
15
reviewed No Action Needed What was the exact time of announcement of Indian independence?
Aug
14
reviewed No Action Needed What was the judicial body in 16th century France called?
Aug
14
comment Why has monarchy appeared just about everywhere?
@Semaphore is correct; I wanted to know whether you'd done any preliminary research and whether the assumption that hereditary monarchy was more common than other forms of monarchy had been examined. I'd also like to know what you mean by monarchy.
Aug
14
reviewed Reviewed Which religion was the first monotheistic one?
Aug
14
comment Which religion was the first monotheistic one?
I'm not sure what "a pity question" means. Unless you can provide references, this doesn't really add anything new to the discussion. Can you improve on the dates/research provided by others?
Aug
14
reviewed Close Is Sumer considered by historians as a part of Western Civilization?
Aug
14
comment Which religion was the first monotheistic one?
I believe I understand now - based on the first quote (Q 21:25), you're asserting that from the first conversation that Allah had with mankind, He asserted monotheism; consequently the inception of religion was monotheist and polytheism is a departure from Allah's instructions. (I'm trying to summarize; no disrespect intended). If this is the case, then I the answer is true to the extent that the Bible is a historical source.
Aug
14
comment Which religion was the first monotheistic one?
RE: my point (b); The Bible says that Allah sent a messenger instructing people to be monotheist. That doesn't mean that they created a monotheist religion, and it doesn't support your claim that all religions were originally monotheist.
Aug
14
comment Have any national leaders been kept unaware of their own wars?
Potentially the Chinese Emperor or the Japanese Shogun could have been unaware of conflicts. I'm not sure what differentiates a "war" from a "border conflict", or a "border conflict" from "suppression of internal criminal gangs", or "insurgency". Those are all very fuzzy terms.
Aug
14
comment Is Sumer considered by historians as a part of Western Civilization?
Completely concur with your core point; there is no arbiter of what is and is not Western Civilization, nor is there an established convention. However many people will speak of classical Greece as either the foundation of Western Civilization, or part of Western Civilization. I would not treat Sumer as part of Western Civilization, but that's not particularly binding on anyone else.