What does the Islamic crecent and star symbolise?

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January 10, 2009 5:53PM

In 339 BC the city of Byzantium, (later known as Constantinople

and then Istanbul), won a decisive battle against the Athenians

under a brilliant waxing moon which they attributed to their patron

Goddess Artemis (Diana in Roman mythology) whose symbol was the

crescent moon. In honor of Artemis the citizens adopted the

crescent moon as their symbol (though some legends attribute the

adoption to a Roman victory against the Goths on the first day of

the lunar month). When the city became the Christian Roman

Constantinople in 330 AD, Constantine also added the Virgin Mary's

star on the flag.

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