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1401, not 1400

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Submitted by David Ryan (United States), Nov 20, 2019 at 08:01

The Muslim calendar, like the Christian calendar, starts with Year 1. Neither civilization had the number 0 at their origins and numbered years ordinally, i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd... 2000 A.D. was the last year of the 20th Century. 2000 years of the era had not elapsed until the end of that year and the 21st Century/3rd Millennium began with 2001. Likewise, at the start of 1400, only 1399 lunar years had passed since the Hijra and the 15th Islamic Century began with 1401 A.H.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Of course, technically you are right. But the ICF chose to pick 1400, not 1401, as the centennial.

By the same token, the turn of the millennium was in 2001. But no one celebrated that.

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