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Submitted by John in Michigan, USA (United States), Aug 30, 2010 at 10:13

Apprently Karen Armstrong is back in the news because of her connections with Imam Rauf, so I thought I'd suggest a minor correction.

Dr. Pipes writes:

"But the eve of that millennium was 999..."

Your basic point is sound, however, this sentence could be improved. Because the Christian calendar started with year 1 instead of the year 0, the eve of the new millenium was the year 1000, not the year 999.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Yes, I know that fine point - I am a historian, after all. But 1999 is also the eve of the millennium.

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