Talk:Arabic star

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There should be a better explanation of the relationship between the five-pointd star and Islam. --South Philly 01:39, 8 July 2006 (UTC)

  • Is there a relationship? — Reinyday, 04:50, 8 July 2006 (UTC)

urban legends?[edit]

The explanation in the article sounds like nothing more than an urban legend. I've tried to find a source to support it, but I've come up empty so far. If anyone has a source, please edit it into the article. Otherwise, I'll remove it in a few days. Asterisk also contains the same explanation, so I'm posting this on the talk page there as well. f(x)=ax2+bx+c 00:56, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

  • It is easy to verify that Unicode has a character named "Arabic five-pointed star". As for its origin, I don't know. — Reinyday, 22:49, 23 July 2007 (UTC)

changing the Comparison to images[edit]

Comparison I think the comparison of the Arabic star and the asterisk should be changed to images and not text. Their to same in my browser

  • Amusingly, with the fonts on my machine, the asterisk is generally five sided and the Arabic star is six-sided. — Reinyday, 22:47, 23 July 2007 (UTC)

So what is it used for?[edit]

I find it very strange that there is no mention of what it is actually used for in the article what-so-ever. Fennessy 20:24, 22 July 2007 (UTC)

...many Arabs would not buy typewriters with a six-armed symbol, which they identified with the Star of David on the Israeli flag. Hence many systems use a distinct symbol referred to as the "Arabic star". There you go, it's there in the article, although unsourced. It's a replacement for the asterisk, and serves the same purpose as one, except in Arabic writing instead of English. Hm, pity that it's unsourced, though... I think I'll get to fixing that, if I can find anything. Switchercat talkcont 20:29, 22 July 2007 (UTC)

Oh, thats its only use? OK then, I guess thats why I didnt get it... Can't help but wonder what it was used for in "feudal times", because that can't have been its use then too, could it? Fennessy 20:43, 31 July 2007 (UTC)

Yeah, "motion seconded": What is it for? (And there is the possibility that the only answer is as a typographic decoration. I'm sure that that's most of the use that Latin "*" sees, in the real world.) ("**** Closed for Labour Day! ****") Sean M. Burke (talk) 20:09, 2 September 2011 (UTC)
  • The asterisk was used in feudal times, not the Arabic star. — Reinyday, 17:42, 1 August 2007 (UTC)

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