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Jan
6
comment How did ethnic Turkish people embrace Islam?
@NewAlexandria According to an etymological dictionary I have on hand, şaman was a borrowing from Sanskrit into Central Asian Turkic languages. Derivatives can be found in Uyghur and other languages.
Jan
6
comment How did ethnic Turkish people embrace Islam?
@NewAlexandria Sorry, I didn't mean to imply that şaman is a traditional Turkic word, but rather it is used in modern Turkish in this way.
Nov
5
comment How did ethnic Turkish people embrace Islam?
@NewAlexandria The word "şamanizm" is also used in Turkish to describe their pre-Christian and pre-Islamic beliefs.
Sep
4
comment What were the causes of the “Dardenelles” fiasco in World War I
@TomAu Same reason that capitals are usually targeted in war as a means of causing the capitulation of the entire country. A general invasion of Anatolia would have been extremely difficult for an army that was unable to even take the Dardanelles. The Greeks attempted exactly just what you are suggesting in the 1920s and didn't fare too well.
Aug
31
comment What is the history of gun culture of USA?
"Crime happens for various reasons, and availability of guns doesn't really effect it." I almost went in and corrected effect to affect... but no, I think this is one of the rare cases where both work! Bravo!
Aug
21
comment isn't islam reason the undevelopment in the middle east?
@robert Muslim women have won Olympic medals.
Aug
20
comment Why did the Erdoğan government like to worsen Turkey's relationship with Israel?
@BROY The book looks bound on the right so presumably it is in Hebrew, even if it has Latin letters on the cover. It is undoubtedly about something other than "intelligence quotient".
Aug
20
comment What was normal attire for Hindu kings in the 15th century?
@Shyam You need to change the wording: "proper" is not the proper way of asking this question.
Aug
20
comment isn't islam reason the undevelopment in the middle east?
Downvoted. Considering the state of the entire world, I would say the Middle East has about average development (I assume we are talking economy?), possibly even slightly above average.
Jul
25
comment What would be the problem if Turkey admits Armenian Massacre?
And whether or not he was involved during the War, he bears responsibility for what happened afterwards during the early years of the republic.
Jul
25
comment What would be the problem if Turkey admits Armenian Massacre?
@DVK From memory, Taner Akçam's A Shameful Act : The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility doesn't ascribe guilt to Atatürk. Akçam does, however, relate Atatürk's contact with certain suspects held by the post-war British administration for crimes against Armenians. He also questions the seriousness of the trials for war crimes that the Turkish republic held in the first few years after its creation.
Jul
25
comment What would be the problem if Turkey admits Armenian Massacre?
@DVK Atatürk is not usually himself implicated, but he was part of the same military elite as the Young Turk generals.
May
14
comment Where does the name of the country “Belarus” come from?
@Anixx And yet Wikipedia states: "Vasmer's dictionary mentions the dichotomy of "white" land and "taxed" land in Domostroi and speculates that "white" Russia may have referred to the parts of Russia that were not subject to Tatar rule." and "Alternatively, it [White Russia] may have its origins in the four coloured cardinal directions used in many Slavic and central Asian cultures, where white is an indicator for north."
May
13
comment Where does the name of the country “Belarus” come from?
There is a tradition of giving naming compass directions after colours in Turkic cultures. The best example is from the perspective of Anatolia, you have the Black Sea to the north, the Red Sea to the south, the White (Mediterranean) Sea to the west (the east is blue, by the way). Russia experienced waves of Turkic (Tatar) invasions and migrations, so it's possible that the association of 'white' with the west that they didn't conquer was a borrowing into Russian. Of course, my conjecture is probably just as fanciful as the one about the beautiful girl!
May
11
comment How was the modern geographic boundary between Europe and Asia decided?
@Anixx You are right. I guess I was trying to point out that continents - by any definition - do not have fixed boundaries that are universally accepted.
May
11
comment How would Eastern European emigres have traveled across Eastern Europe to Warsaw in the early 20thC?
A minor point: Warsaw isn't a port. If she went through Warsaw, perhaps she sailed from Danzig?
May
10
comment Who was the first head of government to support same-sex marriage?
@SamTheBrang "Head of government"
May
10
comment Who was the first head of government to support same-sex marriage?
Are you only interested in heads of state? In many countries (notably constitutional monarchies) the head of state is a ceremonial figure with no or little political power.
May
10
comment Who was the first head of government to support same-sex marriage?
I guess the answer should clarify if she personally endorsed this decision since the Dutch monarch has no role in actually making laws.
May
10
comment What is the oldest road in the world that has been in continuous use?
I'm trying to think of criteria... Maybe regular upkeep? Or being paved (starting with flagstones and the like)?