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Apr
16
comment What can be considered to be the single most important reason for the decline of muslim Golden Age?
I kind of disagree with this analysis. Muhammad died in 632, and the "meteoric rise" happened during Umar's reign (634-644) but the Caliphate regained stability long after that, after incorporating all new territories. The Umayyad Caliphate lasted until 750, and the Islamic Golden Age (which the OP asked about) persisted until the Mongolian conquest in 1258.
Mar
3
comment Why is such big density of churches in medieval towns?
Have you been to Muslim countries, in today's devout (or even moderate) Muslim towns, there is high density of mosques as well.
Feb
1
comment How did Saudi Arabia become and remain strongly Wahhabi?
I don't think "Wahhabism's unpopularity with the rest of Muslims actually helps". Mainstream Sunnis obviously prefers mainstream sunnis to control it, while Shias will really prefer anyone other than Wahhabis (who are really intolerant and hostile to Shias).
Jan
22
comment Why don't people without access to clean water drink beer anymore?
Seconded @James request. As far as I know, the possession of alcohol isn't a capital crime under the Sharia, even in countries with the strictest implementation (unlike, say, murder, or apostasy). It can be punished up to 80 lashes in those countries, though.
Nov
21
comment How was Abd al-Rahman I recognized when he arrived in Islamic Spain?
According to Wikipedia, Abd al-Rahman were born in 731, so if those people had met with him before, it must have been when he'd been 8 years old or younger. Do you think they could recognize him in 755?
Sep
4
comment How did Muslim traders raise investments given Islam's prohibition of usury?
@LennartRegebro probably, but while we can probably take Anixx's word when he observe banks today do these practices (I know they do), I think we need reference to claim that individuals ~13 centuries ago also did the same trick
Aug
27
comment How did Muslim traders raise investments given Islam's prohibition of usury?
@jwenting are you saying that it is the common way for merchants in this era to raise funds for their venture? That's completely new to me
Aug
26
comment How did Muslim traders raise investments given Islam's prohibition of usury?
Also, the Indian ocean trade was mostly peaceful, before the arrival of the Europeans
Aug
26
comment How did Muslim traders raise investments given Islam's prohibition of usury?
@jwenting by steal, you mean rob, like a pirate? But you need ships and crew for that, meaning you need initial investment..
Aug
26
comment How did Muslim traders raise investments given Islam's prohibition of usury?
In fact, I know this is how Islamic banks today lend money (I added a wikipedia link), but my question is how about 7th-13th century, when there were no banks? How do we know that they also used these methods?
Aug
25
comment How was Abd al-Rahman I recognized when he arrived in Islamic Spain?
@FelixGoldberg Even if he did, how did people from Spain verify relics from a ruling family previously based in Damascus?
Feb
24
comment Who kept noble prisoners captured in battle?
What would someone gain from capturing noblemen then?
Feb
23
comment Who kept noble prisoners captured in battle?
@FelixGoldberg does that mean that it's disadvantageous to capture a higher-ranking prisoner? Because higher ranking nobles would keep them and get the ransom, not you.
Feb
23
comment Who kept noble prisoners captured in battle?
@FelixGoldberg did the same rule of thumb apply to who received the ransom money?
Feb
4
comment Umar ibn Khattab and Omar as a Western given name
So this is the source of the Christian given name?
Feb
2
comment Why did the Moors invade the Iberian peninsula?
Sassanid Persia didn't have a large Christian or Jewish population
Jan
21
comment What kind of armor did the soldiers use in pre-gunpowder Southeast Asia?
Is the lack of armour mostly due to technological limitation, climate, or other factors?
Jan
21
comment Was the Napoleonic era cavalry armour effective against firearms?
@kubanczyk I don't understand what you guys are disputing..
Jan
14
comment How were war elephants used against cavalry?
"It seems elephants has success against cavalry were used most effectively against close formation infantry". What do you mean by this?
Dec
27
comment Status of merchants in feudal Europe
@SamuelRussell I want to be generic, but, will it help you explain if I say, 14th century England?