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Re: Hebrew calendar direction

From:Kevin Athey <kevindeanathey@...>
Date:Saturday, February 12, 2005, 20:42
>From: Tim May <butsuri@...> > >Mark J. Reed wrote at 2005-02-12 10:27:21 (-0500) > > On Sat, Feb 12, 2005 at 10:09:37PM +1300, Wesley Parish wrote: > > > The Islamic calendar is lunar, not solar. Its seasonal swings > > > are quite predictable, though not "ordinary" to anyone using the > > > solar calendar. > > > > Yes, they're predictable (within the one-day-per-month variation > > caused by atmospheric vagaries due to the observational basis of > > the calendar), but that doesn't change my point, which is that it > > doesn't make any sense to have a month named e.g. "first spring" > > when that month only falls *in* the spring for about 9 years at a > > time 35 years apart, and is just as likely to fall in any other > > season. :) > > > >My understanding of this matter is that the lunar Islamic calendar >represents a reform of the pre-Islamic lunisolar Arabic calendar, in >which the month names made sense.
That's correct. As in most parts of the world, the oldest calendar consisted of twelve named observational lunar months with a thirteenth month inserted locally as needed (once every two or three years) without any regular rule. Each pre-Islamic Arab tribe would determine for itself whether a given year had an intercalary month. Athey _________________________________________________________________ FREE pop-up blocking with the new MSN Toolbar – get it now!