Star and Crescent Symbol in Islam


The star and crescent was the symbol of the Ottoman Empire and appears on the flags of many Muslim countries. It has come to be used as a symbol of Islam, though it is not an official symbol and some Muslims reject it for polytheistic associations.


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  2. “Crescent.” Cooper, J. C., An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Traditional Symbols (Thames & Hudson).

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Title Star and Crescent Symbol in Islam
Last UpdatedJanuary 28, 2021
MLA Citation “Star and Crescent Symbol in Islam.” 28 Jan. 2021. Web. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021. <>