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Western Sunrise

Western Sunrise

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WESTERNSUNRISE
 
PART 1:UNDERSTANDING HISTORY 
 
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History is usually regarded as a record of past events that arearranged in some semblance of order so as to be capable of interpretation.
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Historians select information and arrange it according to theirunderstanding or their mandate. History is, therefore, neverobjective.
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In many instances, History is used to maintain the status quo ortell the story of the conqueror.
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Napolean Bonaparte once said, “History is a myth that is agreedupon.”
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Euro-Centric thinking has had a profound impact on our perceptionof ourselves as Humanity in the 21
st
century.
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Europe is always depicted as “up” or north and civilized anddeveloped. Greenwich Mean Time is universally accepted as thebasis of all time zones.
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Based on a different vantage point in the cosmos, Cape Towncould be the top of the Northern hemisphere and Timbuktu couldbe the basis of time. Muslims and non-European people need todeconstruct history [His-Story] and relate events from their ownperspective.
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Even the size of Africa was distorted on the maps as in the case of the maps of Gerhard Mercator, the 16
th
century Europeancartographer.
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 The modern map [based on the Mercator Projection] shows NorthAmerica as one and a half times the size of Africa. In reality Africais three and a half times the size of the United States. Greenland,for Mercator, was almost as large as Africa but in reality Africa is30 million square kilometers compared to Greenland’s two million.

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