Chapter 2. Opening Night

The World AG

Written history nearly always depends on a dating system, a chronology of some sort. This is based upon some central event. For Christians, this event was the date of the birth of the Christian savior, Jesus Christ. History was divided by this watershed into events that occurred before this and were dated BC (“before Christ”), and those that took place after it and were dated by AD, the Latin anno domini (“in the year of the Lord”). Muslims adopted a system based on the date of the Hegira, or the Prophet Mohamed's flight from Mecca to Medina. In the Christian calendar, this took place in 622 AD. Muslims use the dating system AH. Certain more recent revolutionaries have tried to impose the singularity of the ...

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