@Red Leg, you're as immensely knowledgeable about different cultures and religion as you are about fine quality firearms. I'm very impressed.View attachment 538982 Thank you @Hunter-Habib You are almost certainly correct. This is "Allahu Akbar" in yet another style. As I say, Arabic calligraphy is very difficult for a Westerner to decipher. This is "God is great" الله أكبر as it appears in Modern Standard Arabic - printed Arabic.
In much of the Arab world, it was (is) considered a form of blaspheme (idolatry) to create an image of a living thing. As result, calligraphy became a very ornate and beautiful art form.
Yes, I speak/read/write Arabic. It says "Allahu Akbar" or "God is the Greatest".
That Arabic Alphabet which looks vaguely like a trident pointing upwards, is the dead giveaway.
I am not not sure that I am "immensely knowledgeable" about anything as my spouse is quick to remind me. But I am a product of the Walsh School, Contemporary Arab Studies Georgetown (Fellowship), the Defense language Institute (Arabic), and Foreign Service Institute (Arab Peninsula dialect) and a lot of years banging around the Gulf region.@Red Leg, you're as immensely knowledgeable about different cultures and religion as you are about fine quality firearms. I'm very impressed.
I'll add a tiny bit of commentary on your second paragraph (being a Muslim myself). The actual Quran itself makes no mention of people being forbidden from drawing living things (like people or animals) or making statues of them. It just forbids people from worshipping idols.
The restriction about creating images of living things first appeared in a series of books called the "Hadith" (the first of which was written by a 16 year old shepherd 193 years after the Muslim Prophet died). The books also imposed other restrictions on Muslims which were never actually mentioned in the Quran (like listening to Music, women being open haired, interacting with people of other faiths, wearing silk, etc) and also glorifying things like "Jihad" and "Killing Infidels".
Many of us, Muslims (myself included) don't regard the Hadith (or the restrictions set by them) as authentic (because they were written almost 200 years after the Muslim Prophet and everyone in his family died). But as you noted, unfortunately much of the Muslim word (especially in the Middle East) do regard them as authentic. Which causes them to live restrictive lifestyles. And tragically, causes them to not live in peace with the rest of the civilized world.
Possibly could have been a gift from someone in one of the World Wars deployed in North Africa or Ottoman stronghold. That’s how my family has heirlooms from Korea and Japan. I have a cigarette case from a Korean town that was the location of a Japanese POW camp.Thank you very much my friend, this is great to know for sure.
She was born in 1921 in a teeny, poor town in North Carolina but my dad remembers her wearing it in the mid-50s, still in North Carolina and also rural Virginia. No idea where she may have gotten it.
Why, thank you, Ofbiro. Actually all religions and cultures teach us good things. It’s people who make them pervasive.Hunter-Habib, not only are you a great hunter, but a person with a vast and deep culture.
"Praise be to Allah, The Lord of the worlds.