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


Aug
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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.
Aug
14
revised Is Sumer considered by historians as a part of Western Civilization?
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Aug
14
comment Which religion was the first monotheistic one?
Thank you for the sources & citations. I'm not sure that these support the notion that all religions were originally monotheistic; I'm not disagreeing, I just can't trace the assertion from the evidence. For the sake of discussion, let's accept that Allah asserted monotheism at the time of Noah. In order to answer the question, we need to establish (a) the date of Noah, (b) a religion based on the teachings of Allah's messenger. Or have I confused the facts?
Aug
14
revised Which religion was the first monotheistic one?
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Aug
14
comment Which religion was the first monotheistic one?
This answer would be improved by citation of sources that would allow us to learn more.
Aug
14
comment Did the blanket pardon from 'The Three Musketeers' exist in real life?
It is pointless to argue based on clerical authority or theoretical state structure. First, this is a work of fiction, not a treatise on government, second much of the point of the book and of history is that France was a failed state; the ostensible form of government was completely ineffectual. Legal (de jure) governance had been replaced by effective (de facto) governance, led by an extra-legal authority.
Aug
14
comment Did the blanket pardon from 'The Three Musketeers' exist in real life?
Can we restrict this question to history, rather than to fiction? Are there examples of such a note in history?
Aug
14
comment Was Muhammed Ali Jinnah secular?
Without a clear definition of "secular" and "religious", it is not possible to arrive at a definite conclusion. I don't think the terms are defined, nor do I think they are exclusive.
Aug
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revised Was Muhammed Ali Jinnah secular?
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comment Was Muhammed Ali Jinnah secular?
This answer would be improved by sources. The current answer is just a set of assertions; if there were evidence to back up those assertions, I could upvote.
Aug
14
revised How do modern historians evaluate Sherman's “Total War”?
I don't believe the original title matched the revised question.
Aug
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reviewed Reopen How do modern historians evaluate Sherman's “Total War”?
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reviewed Close Why has monarchy appeared just about everywhere?
Aug
14
comment Why has monarchy appeared just about everywhere?
Have you done any preliminary research? Google? Wikipedia? Is Hereditary Monarchy more common than (for example) elective monarchy through history?
Aug
13
comment Which religion was the first monotheistic one?
Excellent update. In line with the new guidelines, this is notification that I'm going to delete my comment within 24 hours.
Aug
13
comment What freedoms did basic Roman citizens have?
Did the Emperor have the right to overrule courts? (or perhaps could one side appeal to the Emperor? That would constitute a significant limitation on the "freedom".
Aug
13
comment Which religion was the first monotheistic one?
This doesn't answer this question; it discusses the underlying issues. In fact it is a mediation on the weak Sapir-Worf hypothesis, which is fascinating, but not history. Please continue to participate, but please read the help center.