Reputation
1,326
Top tag
Next privilege 1,500 Rep.
Approve tag wiki edits
Badges
6 31
Newest
 Yearling
Impact
~33k people reached

Nov
8
comment How did Turkey achieve such a quick military rebound after World War I?
@PieterGeerkens Germany lost them in treaties, not in the battlefield, and they had to face the main strength of all the major Entente power in the West (US, France, British Empire and its colonies). Turkey lost its Middle Eastern territories in battle, and not against the main strength of the Entente.
Nov
8
comment How did Turkey achieve such a quick military rebound after World War I?
@Semaphore The Greek military was almost the same size as Turkey's, and combined with the other Allies that fought Turkey alongside Greece they more than outnumbered the Turks. Also, in the First Balkan War Turkey lost against a coalition of "small" Balkan states.
Nov
8
comment How did Turkey achieve such a quick military rebound after World War I?
@DeerHunter Gallipolli was probably an exception, it was a defence campaign against an amphibious landing and some say the Allies were plagued with poor planning too. The Ottomans were repeatedly defeated in other campaigns, especially against the Western Allies
Apr
21
comment Why did families in 6th century Mecca send their babies to be raised in the desert?
Yes, I know that children learns the basics of a language when they're toddler, I'm a parent. By "basic", it means they learn how to put simple sentence, and use basic words like "yes", "no", "mama", "cat", "sheep", "eat", "pee", "poop" and stuff like that, and I think one's parent is sufficient for tat. It's not like they're learning making speeches, poetry and literature, which might require a special tutor..
Apr
17
comment Why did families in 6th century Mecca send their babies to be raised in the desert?
If language skill is the main objective, toddler age is not the most effective age to teach childen the finer aspects of language.
Apr
5
comment Why did families in 6th century Mecca send their babies to be raised in the desert?
+1. Thanks for explaining my mistaken assumption that cities are better, I thought deserts have less water, shelter, and harsher climate. I guess pre-modern urban concentration had worse effect than those things. Is it possible for your answer to expand on that (on why cities are such a bad place for infant mortality)?
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?