Crescent and star

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A typical presentation of the star and crescent
The flag of Libya featuring a white crescent and star

The Islamic Crescent is a symbol consisting of a crescent with a star at the concave side. In its modern form, the star is usually shown with five points (though in earlier centuries a higher number of points was often used). The two signs together, or the crescent only, was long a symbol of Byzantium. Now it is often a symbol of Islam. It is seen on a number of different country flags such as Turkey and Pakistan[n 1] respectively.

Early Byzantine star and crescent

Flag of Ottoman Empire was the first flag featuring a crescent with a star. Other states formerly part of the Ottoman Empire also used the symbol, so the symbol emerged into popular use.

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  1. “The Official National Islamic Symbol or Insignia of Pakistan” “Shall be the traditional Crescent and Star of the Muslim faith” respectively