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    WI: Kharijities Assassinate Everyone?

    @GlobalHumanism The beliefs of the Kharijites, while attractive on some level, would in practice lead to chaos. 1) They believe that the act of sinning constitutes unbelief, and therefore a person who sins is outside Islam. 2) If the leader sinned, it was the duty of Muslims to oppose and...
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    New Map of the Middle East & Islamic World

    Thanks for pointing out this error. I've mistakenly included Armenia's Lake Sevan, inside the Iranian area. I should've drawn that area more carefully. My apologies - I was working in haste from a blank map without borders marked. It appears I confused Lake Sevan with Lake Urmia when drawing...
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    New Map of the Middle East & Islamic World

    True, they speak a Turkic language so they don't quite fit with Iran. On the other hand, Iranians view the Azeris as "Turkified Iranians", and there is some historical evidence to support this view. That region was historically part of Persia almost without exception since the 5th century BC...
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    New Map of the Middle East & Islamic World

    Might not be too bad. For instance, Shia Iraq and Iran have been united. Kurdistan is united by ethnicity. The blue Egypt/Arab Sunni state consists overwhelmingly of Sunni Arabs. The Maghreb nation (red) doesn't have any significant ethnic nor religious differences - they're Sunni Arabs. Turkey...
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    New Map of the Middle East & Islamic World

    Ah c'mon. Lol. They're in to keep the dynamics interesting. Plus I'm seeking to keep it fun for all members :p
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    New Map of the Middle East & Islamic World

    Hi all, I have created a map just for fun, showing the Middle East/Islamic countries with borders redrawn. This was done for entertainment purposes only, and does not have any serious intent. The setting of this map is now (April 2019) but re-imagined in a way that would be more advantageous to...
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    "911" done by right wing extremists?

    I'm confused by this post. What are you trying to say? Your point appears to be that suicide is allowed by jihadist groups but discouraged by Christianity. But actually suicide is haram in Islam too. Wiki is actually pretty good on this so I'll let them talk. For context, it is also worth...
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    So what if America was colonized by arabs?

    I did this once in Medieval 2 Total war. Using the Moors faction based in North Africa, I invaded the Aztec Empire with a combined army consisting of Arabs, Berbers, mercenary Turks, Sudanese Africans, as well as Tlaxcala mercenaries from the Americas. More seriously, one might imagine that...
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    Overestimated battles

    The Angevin dynasty was from Anjou in France. The king spoke French, all his nobles spoke French, French was the language of the court, and the only people speaking "English" were peasants. The map in no way represents an "English" conquest of land on the European continent. In fact it...
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    Have European/Near Eastern people ever faced oppression, persecution or genocide in history?

    Possibly. It's worth noting that Arab and Turk Muslim families sometimes deliberately pretended to be Christian so they could get their children into the Janissary corps. They wanted to benefit from the possibility of promotion, patronage and high position it opened up. So one cannot...
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    British WW1 Army organised and trained to todays standards

    Thank you for this constructive contribution.
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    DBWI: India divided on a religious basis

    Double Blind What If (DBWI). It's where you speak about something that already happened, as if it didn't happen, and speculate what it would be like.
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    British WW1 Army organised and trained to todays standards

    Sorry for being a cynic but this raises a few problems. The British army today is mainly equipped for counter-insurgency work and 'peace-keeping' operations in places like Afghanistan. But they also suffer from very serious problems, mostly caused by lack of budget, including poor rifles that...
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    Make a third world country in Europe

    What about Spain? It was pretty undeveloped before Franco died.
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    Overestimated battles

    Not necessarily. The battle was not intended nor designed to be followed by further combat. Its aim was to create the conditions for a favourable negotiated peace in the east. A decisive victory to restore Germany's upper hand going into talks. The idea would then be to turn west and face the...
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    "911" done by right wing extremists?

    Sorry, my fault. You're right, probably the religion thread is a better place for this sort of thing without derailing the thread. Carry on.
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    "911" done by right wing extremists?

    You're equating Islamists with white nationalists? That is even more offensive than the original post... perhaps it is better to 'pause' the discussion as it seems you're just digging yourself into an even bigger hole... :)
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    "911" done by right wing extremists?

    Again, no. That's a western caricature based on Islamophobic prejudice. Islamism is not necessarily authoritarian (although it can be). It might be more accurate to note that it's perceived that way in the west, although the truth of the matter is considerably more murky. Don't get me wrong -...
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    "911" done by right wing extremists?

    No it isn't. Agreed. Although I don't think its ban-worthy. I would prefer less banning in general. It seems like we are losing members all the time (although the user who denied al Qaeda was behind 9/11 was going too far, and that ban was probably well deserved). This isn't right either...
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