Islamic era


: the era used in Muslim countries for numbering Islamic calendar years since the Hegira

Examples of Islamic era in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 18 kings and four queens are now on display on the lower level of this impeccable museum, which showcases snippets of Egypt’s history spanning the Pharaonic up to the Coptic and Islamic eras. Nada El Sawy, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Nov. 2023 Radiocarbon dating suggests the monastery belonged to a community that flourished in the emirate between the late sixth to mid-eighth centuries, into the Islamic era. Abbas Al Lawati, CNN, 4 Nov. 2022 In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Taliban famously destroyed thousands of artifacts, as well as the towering Buddhas at Bamian, structures built in the pre-Islamic era, between the 3rd and 5th centuries. Los Angeles Times, 22 Aug. 2021 After capturing the city from the crumbling Iraqi army, Islamic State militants turned to the museum, Iraq’s second largest and home to artifacts from the Assyrian empire, a pre-Christian civilization in northern Mesopotamia, and from the Islamic era. Jared Malsin, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 What Sub-Saharan African admixture exists seems to be mostly a function of the Islamic era. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 18 Oct. 2012

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Word History

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Islamic era was in 1969

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“Islamic era.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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