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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    Really this TL's biggest consequence is that kitties and blue zellige tile will take over the world by 1600.
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    Oh yes, the Bataids and the Asmarids hate each other. Regular traders from each side get along fine, but the Bataid nobles view the Asmarids as followers of a fake Caliph and the Moors view the Bataids as hicks who follow a fake Caliph. They honestly hate each other more than they hate, say...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    My gang of choice is the AHMADI-CRUZ PARLANTE GANG.
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    The Asmarids are decidedly different from the Almohads and Almoravids: They're a cosmopolitan dynasty from the coast. They're not all that different from most Andalusis at this point. The line between coastal Berbers and Andalusians has blurred a lot. There will be some unhappy people...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline
    Threadmarks: ACT VIII Part XIV: Decadence and Change

    Excerpt: The Complete History of Andalusia, the Maghreb and Ifriqiya - Gharsiya al-Mahzuzi, Falconbird Press, AD 1980 Coming to power in his 50s, Al-Mansur ibn Abd al-Rahman came in hoping to make the most of his later years and reign for at least a while longer. He wouldn't truly get the...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    It is the latter: Anglish culture is not uniformly Scandinavian at all, but their ruling class tends to have close marital and cultural ties to Denmark and Norway and their power base is in the old Danelaw, where the culture is somewhat more Nordic-influenced. Angland is a little more...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    Memes in a Jar I've been slowed down a bit on the next chapter due to, basically, the aforementioned family crisis knocking the wheels out from under things a little bit. Hoping to get back to things in the next few days.
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    Military Aircraft that should have never been built?

    I was wondering when the Firebrand would show its face in here. The fact that they actually fielded the thing at all, despite the myriad delays and changes in its development process, still baffles me somewhat. Totally my pick.
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    Memory and passive listening skills, and good game choice. I spent a lot of my class time playing games, but usually games that I could pause and flip away from if I heard something I didn't know. I never played action games that would require me to move quickly, or fighters that would require...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    As someone who got through university mainly by playing video games, thanks for reading. :D
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    With respect to the merchants and emirs: Stay tuned. Banking has been invented... in Tekrur, of all places. Remember those Maghrebi Jews who migrated to the Niger after the Al-Mutahirin expelled them from Algiers? Their descendants are the banking class in Tekrur and Labu now. Merchants are...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    Little do you know that a new Pope is on the way. I hope you're ready for Pope Kittius I to start raising sees to meowtropolitan status. The Blue Period has well and truly past, but left a legacy of fancy zellige tile as a core part of Andalusian architecture. The increase in wealth over...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    Not all religious thinking is uniform and not all logic is necessarily technocratic. Deductive reasoning is not, in certain currents of Western Islamic thinking, antithetical to Islam - but not every cleric agrees. Further, there is another logical element at play here: The limits of the...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    A couple of explorers may have slipped across the Andes, but in general, the guinea pig isn't seen as food by the Muslims. An official ruling is almost certain to establish that a guinea pig is considered vermin, and consuming it is therefore haram. It would undoubtedly be permitted to keep one...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline
    Threadmarks: ACT VIII Part XIII: Abd ar-Rahman's Halcyon Age

    Excerpt: The Complete History of Andalusia, the Maghreb and Ifriqiya - Gharsiya al-Mahzuzi, Falconbird Press, AD 1980 The 15th century was a time of great progress in Al-Andalus and the Maghreb, but also of immense social, political and military changes. Much of this can be attributed to...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    I'll fully grasp all the linguistic stuff someday. Only then can I be a true member of the AHMADI-CRUZ PARLANTE GANG. We're at the tail end of what would be considered the Medieval Era - in fact we're just beginning to inch into the Early Modern Period. In general, the Muslim world has a more...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    I'm not sure it's quite up to the scale of mass industrialization yet. The steam engine is finding use as a work tool, but at the moment it's more of a prestige thing or an experiment. In most of China, there are other, more economical options, like throwing bodies at a problem. Basically...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    Historically this dynasty is likely distinguished from its predecessors with appellations: Old Wu, Eastern Wu and Great Wu. Suzhou is too good a location not to be very central for a dynasty with its power base in the Jiangsu and Zhejiang areas. Even in RL periods where the centre of power lay...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline
    Threadmarks: ACT VIII Part XII: Steam, the Wu and the Haizong Emperor

    Excerpt: Jade Sun Risen: The Story of Wu China's World Revolution - Anna Poloznikova, URSA Metropress, AD 2011 Retrospectively, it seems inevitable that China, with its advanced sciences, huge population of specialists and sophisticated systems of bureaucracy and education, would be the...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    By way of an update, I've socked away most of the next chapter, but writing crashed to a halt because of a family crisis. I'll be continuing the story but I've got to set a few things in order first. Look for it if not next weekend, then next week sometime.
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